Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

35mm, black and white, 1.37:1
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An American science fiction/horror film directed by James Whale as a sequel to his earlier (1931).

Plot Summary

Dr Frankenstein and his creation have survived the destruction of Frankenstein's castle. Frankenstein wants to abandon his and settle down with his wife Elizabeth – but the arrival of the bizarre Dr Pretorius and the return of the monster leads to the birth of a new creature – a bride for the original monster.


Directed by: James Whale
Copyright MCMXXXV [1935] by Universal Pictures Corp., Carl Laemmle, president
A Universal picture. Carl Laemmle presents a James Whale production
Produced by: Carl Laemmle Jr
Screenplay: William Hurlbut
Suggested by the original story written in 1816 by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and…
Adapted by: William Hurlbut, John Balderston
Photographer: John J. Mescall
Film Editor: Ted Kent
Musical Score: Franz Waxman
Sound Recordist: Gilbert Kurland [uncredited]
Make Up: Jack P. Pierce [uncredited]
Special Electrical Properties: Ken Strickfaden [uncredited]
Photographic Effects: John P. Fulton
Art Director: Charles D. Hall
Studio: Universal Studios, Hollywood, California, USA

Karloff [real name: Boris Karloff] (the monster)
Colin Clive (Dr Henry Frankenstein)
Valerie Hobson (Elizabeth Frankenstein)
Elsa Lanchester (Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley)
O.P. Heggie (Hermit)
Una O'Connor (Minnie)
Ernest Thesiger (Doctor Pretorius)
Gavin Gordon (Lord Byron)
Douglas Walton (Percy Bysshe Shelley)
E.E. Clive (Burgermeister)
Lucien Prival (Albert the butler)
Dwight Frye (Karl)
Reginald Barlow (Hans)
Mary Gordon (Hans' wife)
Ann Darling (shepherdess)
Ted Billings (Ludwig)
? [real name: Elsa Lanchester] (the monster's mate)
Robert Adair, John Carradine, John Curtis, Frank Terry [hunters – uncredited]
Norman Ainsley [little Archbishop – uncredited]
Billy Barty [tiny baby in jar – uncredited]

Alternative Titles

The Bride of Frankenstein – US advertising title
De Bruid van Frankenstein – Dutch title
La Fiancée de Frankenstein – French title
Frankenstayn'in nisanlisi – Turkish title
Frankenstein Lives Again! – working title
Frankenstein menyasszonya – Hungarian title
Frankensteinin morsian – Finnish title
Frankensteins Braut – German title
Frankensteins brud – Swedish title
Frankensteins Rückkehr – Austrian title
I Mnisti tou Frankenstein – Greek title
La moglie di Frankenstein – Italian title
Narzeczona Frankensteina – Polish title
A Noiva de Frankenstein – Brazilian, Portugese title
La novia de Frankenstein – Spanish title
I Nyfi tou Frankenstein – Greek DVD title
The Return of Frankenstein – working title

Sequel to
Frankenstein (1931)

Son of Frankenstein (1939)
The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
House of Frankenstein (1944)
House of Dracula (1945)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

Extracts included in
100 Years of Horror (1996)
The American Nightmare (2000)
Bride of Chucky (1998)
Bride of Monster Mania (2000)
The Celluloid Closet (1995)
Coming Soon (1982)
The Funhouse (1981)
Gods and (1998)
Here Come the Munsters (1995)
The History of Horror: Frankenstein Goes to Hollywood (2010)
The Horror Hall of Fame (1990)
Small Soldiers (1998)
Terror in the Aisles (1984)
Universal Horror (1998)

The Bride (1985)

See also
Young Frankenstein (1974)


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American Cinematographer vol.79 no.1 (January 1998) pp.102-109 – credits, illustrated article
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Castle of Frankenstein no.1 pp.42-49 – illustrated article (Master of horror: Karloff by Keneth Beale)
Castle of Frankenstein no.7 p.11 – note (Frankenstein TV movieguide)
Castle of Frankenstein no.16 p.20 – illustrated article (All manner of fantasies by Peter John Dyer)
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Classic Film Collector no.47 (Summer 1975) pp.8-9, 58 (USA) – article
Classic Images no.265 (July 1997) pp.34-36 – illustrated review
Empire no.163 (January 2003) pp.168-169 – illustrated DVD review
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film dienst vol.54 no.8 (10 April 2001) p.37 – review (by Roland Mörchen)
Film Weekly vol.13 no.350 (28 June 1935) p.31 – review
Filmfax no.68 (August/September 1998) pp.58-64 – illustrated article
Filmfax no.72 (April/May 1999) pp.40-41 – illustrated article
Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television vol.20 no.1 (March 2000) p.129 (UK) – article
Midi-Minuit Fantastique no.20 (1968) p.58 – review
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Sight & Sound vol.10 no.2 (February 2000) p.62 – illustrated video review
Screen vol.41 no.2 (Summer 2000) pp.161-182 – illustrated article
Starburst no.33 (1981) pp.40-43 – illustrated article
Today's Cinema vol.72 no.5770 (25 February 1949) p.10 – review
TV Times vol.117 no.45 (3 November 1984) p.42 – review
We Belong Dead no.2 pp.15-22 – illustrated synopsis, production notes (by Eric McNaughton)

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Classic Horror Films and the Literature That Inspired Them by Ron Backer pp.13-18
A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series by Ken Hanke pp.35-38; 48
Cult Movies 2: 50 More of the Classics, the Sleepers, the Weird and the Wonderful by Danny Peary – article
Educational Institutions in Horror Film: A History of Mad Professors, Student Bodies, and Final Exams by Andrew L. Grunzke pp.32-33, 170
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Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.45
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John Carradine: The Films by Tom Weaver pp.59-60
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by Walt Lee p.47 – credits
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Other Sources
Trieste Film Festival 1968 brochure – review