The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)

35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Erle C. Kenton.

Plot Summary

Ygor rescues the Frankenstein monster from a sulphur pit and together they confront the Baron's son, Ludwig. He wants to dissect the monster but Ygor has other plans – he wants Ludwig to transplant his own brain into the monster's body. A visit from the ghost of his father persuades Ludwig to do as Ygor asks, but he hasn't reckoned with the double-crossing Dr Bohmer…


* = uncredited

Directed by: Erle C. Kenton
Copyright MCMXLII [1942] by Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Universal presents a Universal picture
Produced by: George Waggner
Screenplay: W. Scott Darling
Original Story: Eric Taylor
Characters: Mary Shelley *
Directors of Photography: Milton Krasner, Woody Bredell [real name: Elwood Bredell]
Film Editor: Ted Kent
Musical Score: Hans J. Salter
Sound Director: Bernard B. Brown
Technician: Charles Carroll
Western Electric Mirrorphonic Recording
Gowns: Vera West
Make-Up Artist: Jack P. Pierce
Art Director: Jack Otterson
Associate: Harold H. MacArthur

Sir Cedric Hardwicke (Dr Ludwig Frankenstein)
Ralph Bellamy (Erik Ernst)
Lionel Atwill (Dr Theodor Bohmer)
Bela Lugosi (Ygor)
Evelyn Ankers (Elsa Frankenstein)
Janet Ann Gallow (Cloestine Hussman)
Lon Chaney as the monster
Barton Yarborough (Doctor Kettering)
Doris Lloyd (Martha)
Leyland Hodgson (chief constable)
Olaf Hytten (Hussman)
Holmes Herbert (magistrate)

Alternative Titles

Il terrore di Frankenstein – Italian title

Sequel to
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Frankenstein (1931)
Son of Frankenstein (1939)

Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
House of Dracula (1945)
House of Frankenstein (1944)

Extracts included in
Coming Soon (1982)


Castle of Frankenstein no.10 p.36
Classic Images no.161 (November 1988) pp.51-53 – illustrated article (Pentagram Revues: Ghost of Frankenstein by Blackie Seymour)
Classic Images no.162 (December 1988) pp.32-33, C12-C14 – illustrated article (Pentagram Revues: Ghost of Frankenstein Pt. II by Blackie Seymour)
Film Score Monthly no.41/42/43 (January/February/March 1994) p.29 – soundtrack review (Classic corner: Hans J. Salter's Frankenstein by Jeffrey Ford)
Kine Weekly no.1831 (21 May 1942) – review
Monsters from the Vault no.1 pp.5-6 – illustrated article
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.9 p.72 – credits, review
Reid's Film Index no.23 (1996) pp.47-49 – illustrated article (by George Aachen)
Scary Monsters no.14 pp.16-19 – illustrated article
Starburst vol.5 no.4 (March 1984) pp.30 – 31 – illustrated article (The Frankenstein Chronicles Part IV by Phil Edwards)
Today's Cinema vol.58 no.4724 (19 May 1942) – review
Today's Cinema vol.70 no.5608 (11 February 1948) – review
We Belong Dead no.29 (Autumn 2021) pp.30-31 – illustrated article (Ansel's asylum for the psychotronic No.3 by Ansel Faraj)

The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror (2nd edition) p. 79 – credits, review
The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.110; 111
Censored Screams: The British Ban on Hollywood Horror in the Thirties by Tom Johnson pp.xi, 160, 172, 174 – notes
Classic Horror Films and the Literature That Inspired Them by Ron Backer p.25 – note
A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series by Ken Hanke pp.40-42; 48
Educational Institutions in Horror Film: A History of Mad Professors, Student Bodies, and Final Exams by Andrew L. Grunzke pp.33-35
Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.285
and Angels in Hollywood Films by James Robert Parish p.132 – credits
Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.151
The Horror Factory by Bruce Dettman and Michael Bedford pp.90-93 – article
The Monster Movies of Universal Studios by James L. Neibaur pp.91-98 – illustrated credits, article
by Walt Lee p.161 – credits
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester pp.189-190
Universal Horrors by Michael Brunas, John Brunas and Tom Weaver – illustrated article
Unsung Horrors by Eric McNaughton & Darrell Buxton (eds) pp.138-140 – illustrated review (by Matthew E. Banks)
Universal Studios Monsters: A Legacy of Horror by Michael Mallory pp.78-81 – illustrated article
Vintage Science Fiction Films, 1896-1949 by Michael Benson p.148