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FRANKENSTEIN
(1909)

 

FRANKENSTEIN (circa 1930/Universal) 2 reels. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Robert Florey; Ph: Paul Ivano; Mu: Jack P. Pierce.
Cast: Bela Lugosi, Edward Van Sloan. The infamous lost test footage filmed on the set of DRACULA, with Lugosi made up as The Monster. Universal's executives disliked the Golem-esque make-up created by Pierce in collaboration with Lugosi, and Lugosi himself refused the part when he realised the role had no dialogue.

FRANKENSTEIN (1931/Universal) 71mins. BW. US. Re-released 1938.
Credits: Dir: James Whale; Prod: Carl Laemmle Jnr.; A.Prod: E.M. Asher; Sc: Garrett Fort & Francis Edwards Faragoh, (Robert Florey & John Russell - uncredited); Adapted: John L. Balderston & Robert Florey; Ph: Arthur Edeson; Ed: Maurice Pivar, Clarence Kolster & Richard Schayer; Art: Charles D. Hall; Sfx: John P. Fulton; Electrical Fx: Kenneth Strickfaden, Frank Grove & Raymond Lindsay; Des: Herman Rosse; Mu: Jack P. Pierce; Recording Sup:C. Roy H unter; Mus: David Broekman.
From the novel by Mary Shelley and the stageplay by Peggy Webling.

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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).

FRANKENSTEIN (1940/Pixilated Pictures) BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Glenn Alvey. From the novel by Mary Shelley.
The earliest known amateur version of the famous film, apparently copying Universal's Frankenstein scene for scene and distributed through the Interstate Theater Circuit in Texas.

FRANKENSTEIN LIVES AGAIN (1935) see The Bride of Frankenstein

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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. Germany.
Aka: BY ROCKET TO THE MOON; GIRL IN THE MOON; WOMAN IN THE MOON.
Credits: Dir: Fritz Lang; Prod: Fritz Lang & Erich Pommer; Sc: Fritz Lang & Thea Von Harbou; Ph: Curt Courant, Oskar Fischinger & Otto Kanturek; Backdrop Ph: Host Von Harbou; Art: Otto Hunte, Emil Hasler & Carl Vollbrecht; Sfx: Constantin Tschetwerikoff; Technical Advisors: Willy Ley & Hermann Oberth; Mus: Willy Schmidt-Gentner.
Cast: Gerda Maurus, Willy Fritsch, Klaus Pohl, Fritz Rasp, Gustl Stark-Gatettenbaur, Gustav von Waggenheim, Margarete Kupfer, Tilla Durieux, Herman Valentin, Max Zilzer, Mahmud Terja Bey, Borwin Walth, Max Maximillian, Karl Platen, Edgar Pauly, Alfred Lore tto, Heinrich Gotho, Alexa Von Porembsky, Gerhard Dammann, Jesephine the mouse.
The moon is a source of a valuable ore, so countries are racing to create a rocket ship and be the first to stake a claim on the planet. Two scientists are forced to journ ey to the moon by criminals anxious to mine the deposits. Realising that someone must stay behind for the rocket to successfully make it's return journey, the leading scientist, (Fritsch), decides it should be himself and drugs the drinks of the others.
A heavy handed allegory that plods along. Not the director's best work. Lang used the technique of a countdown purely for dramatic purposes, unaware that modern rocket launches would adopt the same system.
The Nazi authorities decided that th e film's depiction of the developement of a rocket propulsion system was too similar to Wernher von Braun's experiments with the V-1 and V-2 rockets during World War II, so they destroyed the model spaceship and every print of the film that they could find. Hermann Oberth became the Nazi's rocket propulsion expert and Willy Ley emigrated to America and became a regular contributor to the science fiction magazine "Galaxy".

THE FREAK OF FERNDALE FOREST (1910/Warwick Trading Co.) 1 reel. BW. Silent. UK.
A child is transformed into a hideous beast by a strange beggar.

THE FREAK BARBER (1905/R.W. Paul) 168feet. BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir: J.H. Martin.
A barber cuts his customer's heads off and then dismembers himself.

FREAKS (1915/Joker) BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: Allen Curtis; Sc: Clarence Badger.
Cast: Max Asher, William Franey, Gale Henry, Lillian Peacock.
Actors are made up as various freaks, including a human skeleton.

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FREAKS
(1932)

FRENZY (1945) see Latin Quarter

FRIDAY THE 13TH (1940) see Black Friday

THE FRIGHTENED LADY (1932/Gainsborough/British Lion) 87mins. BW. UK.
Aka: CRIMINAL AT LARGE (US).
Credits: Dir: T. Hayes Hunter; Prod: Michael Balcon; Sc: Angus McPhail & Bryan Edgar Wallace; Ph: Bernard Knowles & Alex Bryce; Ed: Ralph Kemplan; Art: Norman Arnold. From the play "The Case of the Frghtened Lady" by Edgar Wallace.
Cast: Norman McKinnell, Cathleen Nesbitt, Emlyn Williams, Gordon Harker, Belle Chrystall, Finlay Currie, Cyril Raymond, D.A. Clarke-Smith, Percy Parsons, Julian Royce, Eric Roland.
Aisla, (Chrystall), is a guest at the home of the young Lord Lebenon, (Williams), whose mother, (Nesbitt), wishes for them to marry to continue the family name. The only problem is that Lord Lebanon is completely insane.
An effective adaptation of Wallace's thriller, remade again in 1940.

THE FRIGHTENED LADY (1940) see The Case of the Frightened Lady

THE FROLICS OF SATAN (1906) see Les Quatres Cents Farces du Diable

FROM DEATH TO LIFE (1911/Rex) BW. Silent. US.
A necromancing chemist accidentally turns his wife to stone.

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.
Credits: Dir: Harold Young; Ex.Prod: Ben Pivar; A.Prod: William Cowan; Sc: Bernard L. Schubert, Luci Ward & Maurice Tombragel (uncredited); Ph: Paul Ivano; Ed: Fred R. Feitshans Jnr.; Art: John B. Goodman & Abraham Grossman; Tech: William Hedgcock; Mus: Hans J. Salter. From a story by Henry Sucher & Harrison Carter. An "Inner Sanctum Mystery" produced by arrangement with Simon Schuster Inc.
Cast: Lon Chaney Jnr., Martin Kosleck, Evelyn Ankers, Elena Verdugo, Milburn Stone, Douglas Dumbrille, Tara Birell, Arthur Hohl, Leland Hodgson, Pauline Drake, Bobby Barber, Polly Bailey, Bud Wolfe, Eddie Acuff, David Hoffman, William Haade.
Magician Alex known as "Gregor the Great", (Chaney), places his assistant Maura Daniel, (Ankers), in a trance during a live radio broadcast. A drunken skeptic, (Hohl), heckles Greg or who invites him on stage, but as the magician places the man into a trance, he keels over and dies. The death is blamed on a heart attack, but Gregor believes he has developed the power to kill with thought projection.
A cheap production spoiled by bad direction with a good story and a reasonable cast.
The fourth of the "Inner Sanctum" series and Universal's only attempt at a horror film involving a wax museum.
Originally double-billed with Jungle Captive (1945).

FUNF GESCHICTEN (1932/Roto Film/Oswald) 89mins. BW. Germany.
Aka: UNHOLY TALES; UNHEIMLICHE GESCHICHTEN; EXTRAORDINARY TALES; ASYLUM OF HORROR; THE LIVING DEAD. (US).
Credits: Dir: Richard Oswald; Gabriel Pascal; Sc: Heinz Goldberg & Eugen Szatmari; Ph: Heinrich Gertner. From stories by Edgar Allan Poe and Robert Louis Stevenson.

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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

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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.

THE FURTHER MYSTERIES OF DR. FU MANCHU (1924/Stoll) Film Series. BW. Silent. UK. Reissued 1926.
Credits: Dir & Sc: Fred R. Paul; Prod: Oswald Stoll; Ph: Frank Canham; Art: Walter W. Murton. From the stories by Sax Rohmer.
Cast: Harry Agar Lyons, Fred Paul, Dorinea Shirley, Humbertson Wright.
Eight features follow the adventures of the insidious Oriental arch criminal Fu Manchu, (Lyons), and his nemesis Nayland Smith, (Paul).
The Midnight Summons 1719feet.
The Coughing Horror 1871feet
Additional Cast: Fred Morgan, Johnny Butt, Harry Rignold, Harry Wilson.
Detective Nayland Smith, (Paul), battles his wits against "The Coughing Horror", Dr. Fu Manchu's sinister henchman who attempts to climb through the detective's window only to have his arm chopped off.
Cragmire Tower 2040feet.
Additional Cast: George Foley, Rolfe Leslie.
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.
Karamaneh 2366feet.
Greywater Park 2390feet.
This collection followed fifteen earlier feature films released under the banner The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu (1923).

 

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