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FRANKENSTEIN (circa 1930/Universal) 2 reels. BW. US.
FRANKENSTEIN (1931/Universal) 71mins. BW. US. Re-released
|Cast: Colin Clive, Boris Karloff, Mae Clarke, John Boles, Edward Van
Sloan, Frederick Kerr, Dwight
Frye, Lionel Belmore, Marilyn Harris, Michael Mark, Arletta Duncan, Pauline Moore, Francis Ford, Mary
Sherman, Cecilia Parker, Joseph North, Ted Billings, Inez Palange, Harry Tenbrook, Paul
Panzer, William Yetter, Cecil Reynolds.
"The man who made a monster."
Henry Frankenstein, (Clive), creates a creature made from a recently interred corpse and the brain of a disturbed criminal that his assistant Fritz, (Frye), stole after damaging the brain that Frankenstein intended to use. When Frankenstein brings the creature, (Karloff), to life with the aid of an ele ctrical storm, the monster escapes and creates chaos amongst the local community. Eventually the monstrous creature and its creator are trapped on an old disused windmill that is set alight by the villagers.
A monster masterpiece heightened by Whale's taste for the grotesque. Although only based loosely on the original novel, this has become the best remembered version of the classic tale.
Original plans for the film were to cast Leslie Howard as Henry Frankenstein, Bette Davis as his fiancee and Bela Lugosi as the monster. Lugosi turned down the role due to the lack of dialogue, Whale therefore offered the part to 48 year old Karloff who manages to infuse the creature with humility and pathos, and ended up making the actor a household name.
Two different endings were filmed. In one Frankenstein dies after he is thrown from the windmill by the monster, in the other, used in the final print, Frankenstein survives the fall.
Some scenes were cut by the censor and other footage was removed by Carl Laemmle who was fearful of the public's reaction to the film after a preview screening. The cuts included the scene when Frankenstein declares, "Now I know what it feels like to be God!" when the monster first stirs to life, and another showed the monster hanging Frye from a metal hook in his cell. Also cut was the infamous shot of the monster throwing a little girl into a lake that was originally objected to by Karloff who believed that his character would actually place the child into the water and not throw her in as Whale directed. In 1987 all the cuts were restored.
Some prints were released with a green tint, advertised as "the colour of fear!".
Although undeniably one of the most influential horror films, this is not the best representation of Whale's use of grotesques and his unique sense of humour. The sequel The Bride of Frankenstein is a much better example.
Shooting began August 24th. on a $262,000 budget and a thirty day schedule. Shooting finished on October 3rd., five days over schedule at a final cost of $291,129.13. Of the budget, $10,000 was spent on electrical effects alone.
Sequel: The Bride of Frankenstein (1935).
Pictures) BW. US.
FRANKENSTEIN LIVES AGAIN (1935) see The Bride of Frankenstein
FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLFMAN (1943/Universal) 73mins. BW. US.
Sequel to: The Wolfman and The Ghost of Frankenstein.
Credits: Dir: Roy William Neill; Prod: George Waggner; Sc: Curt Siodmak; Ph: George Robinson; Ed: Edward Curtiss; Art: John B. Goodman & Martin Obzina; Sets: Russell A. Gausman & Edward R. Robinson; Sfx: John P. Fulton; Mu: Jack P. Pierce; Tech: William Fox; Mus: Hans J. Salter.
Cast: Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jnr., Ilona Massey, Patric Knowles, Lionel Atwill, Dwight Frye, Maria Ouspenskaya, Dennis Hoey, Eddie Parker, Don Barclay, Rex Evans, Harry Stubbs, Beatrice Roberts, Adia Kuznetzoff, Torben Meyer, Doris Lloyd, Jeff Corey, David Clyde, Tom Stevenson, Cyril Delevanti, Martha MacVicar, Charles Irwin, Brandon Hurst.
"Titans of terror, clashing in mortal combat!"
Cursed with lycanthropy, Larry Talbot, (Chaney), is searching for Dr. Frankenstein's missing diary to try and find a cure, but in Vasaria's ruined castle he discovers the Frankenstein monster, (Lugosi), encased in ice and thaws him out. With scientist, Dr. Frank Mannering, (Knowles), and Frankenstein's daughter Elsa, (Massey), Talbot follows Frankenstein's notes, in the hope of completing a cure, but when the villagers discover that the monster is again on the prowl they blow up the dam and flood the castle while the Wolfman and the Frankenstein monster engage in a titanic battle.
An effective and exciting film made during the height of the Universal monster sequels. Unfortunately Lugosi's stumbling performance only makes sense when in scenes that were inexplicably cut, the monster awakes blind. Ironically this stumbling portrayal is the one most identified by people mimicking the creature.
Siodmak gets around the usual cliches and the direction provides some satisfying moody atmosphere. Unusually, the film is set in the fictitious town of Llanwelly, Wales, with some references to Cardiff.
Chaney and Lugosi were barred from using the studio's commissary at lunchtime due to their gruesome appearances.
Lon Chaney's dog, "Moose" also makes a brief appearence as he did in The Wolfman, but unfortunately Moose was run over on the backlot during the shooting of COBRA WOMAN (1944).
Sequel: The House of Frankenstein.
FRANKENSTEIN'S NEW BRAIN (1942) see The Ghost of Frankenstein
FRAU IM MOND (1928/UFA.) 4356 metres. 125mins. BW. Silent.
THE FREAK OF FERNDALE FOREST (1910/Warwick Trading Co.) 1
reel. BW. Silent. UK.
THE FREAK BARBER (1905/R.W. Paul) 168feet. BW. Silent. UK.
FREAKS (1915/Joker) BW. Silent. US.
FRENZY (1945) see Latin Quarter
THE FRIGHTENED LADY (1932/Gainsborough/British Lion) 87mins.
THE FRIGHTENED LADY (1940) see The Case of the Frightened Lady
FROM DEATH TO LIFE (1911/Rex) BW. Silent. US.
FROM LIFE TO DEATH (1913) see Student von Prag
FROM THE BEYOND (circa 1910/Eclair/American Standard) 3 reels. BW. Silent. France.
A ghost returns to haunt an ex-rival.
THE FROZEN GHOST (1945/Universal)
61mins. BW. US.
FUNF GESCHICTEN (1932/Roto Film/Oswald) 89mins. BW. Germany.
|Cast: Paul Wegener, Harald Paulsen, Bert Reisfeld, Roma Bahn, Mary
Parker, John Gottowt, Paul Henckels, Ilse Feurstenberg, Viktor de Kowa.
Three short stories.
The Black Cat. A scientist, (Wegener), is driven to murder his nagging wife, so he walls her up in a cellar. He is finally caught and locked in an asylum.
Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether. A patient, (Wegener), in an asylum imprisons the wardens, and releases the inmates to take charge.
The Suicide Club. From a story by Stevenson.
Now in charge of the institution, the scientist, (Wegener), turns the asylum into a "Suicide Club" that results in a climatic duel between two opponents.
Wegener's characters are constantly being chased by the police in each tale.
Wegener makes his sound debut in this first attempt to parody the qualities of the golden age of German expressionist cinema. The result is a surprisingly good black-comedy, a rarity in the history of German cinema.
For the American market, and to cash in on the second horror cycle, it was badly re-edited and unfortunately lost most of the interesting comedy elements.
THE FUNGI CELLARS (1923) see The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu
FURCHT (1917/Messter-Film) BW. Silent. Germany. Aka: FEAR.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Robert Wiene.
Cast: Bruno Decarli, Bernard Goetzke, Mechthildis Thein,Conrad Veidt.
Veidt appears as an Indian priest.
Conrad Veidt's earliest extant film; made three years before he and Wiene worked together on The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari.
FURTHER MYSTERIES OF DR. FU MANCHU (1924/Stoll) Film Series. BW. Silent. UK. Reissued
Nayland Smith, (Paul), and Dr. Petrie are decoyed to Cragmire Tower by the mysterious Kegan Van Roon.
The Green Mist 1734feet.
The Cafe l'Egypte 2270feet.
The Golden Pomegranates 2094feet
Additional Cast: Frank Wilson, Julie Sudeo, Fred Hearn.
Inspector Weymouth solves the mystery of the chest of the golden pomegranates.
Greywater Park 2390feet.
This collection followed fifteen earlier feature films released under the banner The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu (1923).