House of Frankenstein (1944)

USA, 1944
71m
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Erle C. Kenton.

Plot Summary

The insane Dr Niemann escapes his incarceration with his hunchbacked assistant Daniel and revives Dracula who he finds in a travelling sideshow. Before long, he’s tracked down Lawrence Talbot, the Wolf Man, and discovered the remains of the Frankenstein monster both of who he plans to use as instruments of his revenge upon his enemies.

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Directed by: Erle C. Kenton
Copyright MCMXLIV [1944] by Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Universal presents a Universal picture
Produced by: Paul Malvern
Screenplay by: Edward T. Lowe
Based on a Story by: Curt Siodmak
Assistant Director: William Tummel
Director of Photography: George Robinson
Film Editor: Philip Cahn
Musical Score and Direction: H.J. Salter
Stock Music: Charles Previn *, Heinz Roemheld *, Milton Rosen *, Frank Skinner *, Paul Dessau *
Director of Sound: Bernard B. Brown
Technician: William Hedgcock
Western Electric Recording
Gowns: Vera West
Make-up: Jack P. Pierce *
Special Photography by: John P. Fulton
Art Direction: John B. Goodman, Martin Obzina
Set Decorations: Russell A. Gausman, A.J. Gilmore
Stunts: Carey Loftin *, Gil Perkins *

Cast
Boris Karloff (Doctor [Gustav] Niemann)
Lon Chaney (Larry Talbot)
John Carradine (Dracula)
Anne Gwynne (Rita [Hussman])
Peter Coe (Carl Hussman)
Lionel Atwill ([Inspector] Arnz)
George Zucco ([Professor Bruno] Lampini)
Elena Verdugo (Ilonka)
J. Carrol Naish (Daniel)
Sig Ruman ([Burgomeister] Hussman)
William Edmunds (Fejos)
Charles Miller ([Burgomeister] Toberman)
Philip Van Zandt ([Inspector] Muller)
Julius Tannen (Hertz)
Hans Herbert (Meier)
Dick Dickinson (Born)
George Lynn ([Inspector] Gerlach)
Michael Mark ([Friedrich] Strauss)
Olaf Hytten (Hoffman)
Frank Reicher (Ullman)
Brandon Hurst (Dr Geissler)
Glenn Strange (monster)
Edmund Cobb [Regelsburg coachman] *
Gino Corrado [man in audience] *
Belle Mitchell [Urla] *
Charles Wagenheim [jailer at Neustadt prison] *

Alternative Titles

Al di là del mistero – Italy
Chamber of Horrors – working title
The Devil’s Brood – working title
Dom Frankensteina – Poland
Doom of Dracula – USA (8mm extract)
La zíngara y los monstruos – Spain

Sequel to
Dracula (1931)
Frankenstein (1931)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Dracula’s Daughter (1936)
Son of Frankenstein (1939)
The Wolf Man (1941)
The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
Son of Dracula (1943)

Sequels
House of Dracula (1945)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

Extracts included in
100 Years of Horror (1996)
Coming Soon (1982)
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
Wolfman Chronicles (1991)

References

Periodicals

  • American Cinematographer vol.66 no.1 (January 1985) pp.33-41 – illustrated article (Jack Pierce – Forgotten make-up genius by Frank Taylor)
  • Kine Weekly no.2051 (8 August 1946) – credits, review
  • Midi-Minuit Fantastique no.4/5 (January 1963) p.150 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.13 no.111 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.157 no.12 (23 December 1944) – review
  • New York Motion Picture Critics Reviews vol.1 no.31 (18 December 1944) p.151 – review
  • Scary Monsters no.114 (Fall 2019) pp.62-63 – illustrated article (The wolf man’s movie transformations by Ernie Magnotta)
  • Starburst vol.5 no.4 (March 1984) pp.31-32 – illustrated article
  • Today’s Cinema vol.67 no.5377 (2 August 1946) – review

Books

  • Fear Itself: Horror on Screen and in Reality During the Depression and World War II by Melvin E. Matthews Jr pp.180
  • The Horror Factory by Bruce Dettman and Michael Bedford pp.106-110 – article
  • John Carradine: The Films by Tom Weaver – illustrated article
  • The Monster Movies of Universal Studios by James L. Neibaur pp.128-135 – illustrated credits, article
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.203 – credits
  • Universal Horrors by Michael Brunas, John Brunas, Tom Weaver – article
  • Universal Studios Monsters: A Legacy of Horror by Michael Mallory pp.100-104 – illustrated article