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cast

Cast (in credits order) verified as complete
Boris Karloff .... The Monster (as Karloff)
Colin Clive .... Dr. Henry Frankenstein
Valerie Hobson .... Elizabeth Frankenstein
Elsa Lanchester .... Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley/The Monster's Mate
Ernest Thesiger .... Dr. Pretorius
Gavin Gordon .... Lord Byron
Douglas Walton .... Percy Shelley
Una O'Connor .... Minnie
E.E. Clive .... Burgermeister
Lucien Prival .... Albert (the butler)
O.P. Heggie .... Hermit
Dwight Frye .... Karl
Reginald Barlow .... Hans
Mary Gordon .... Hans' wife
Anne Darling .... Shepherdess (as Ann Darling)
Ted Billings .... Ludwig
rest of cast listed alphabetically
Helen Parrish .... Communion girl (scenes deleted)
Robert Adair .... A hunter (uncredited)
Norman Ainsley .... Little Archbishop (uncredited)
Billy Barty .... Tiny baby (in jar) (uncredited)
Frank Benson .... Villager (uncredited)
Maurice Black .... Gypsy (uncredited)
Walter Brennan .... Neighbor (uncredited)
Arthur S. Byron .... Henry VIII: Little King (uncredited)
John Carradine .... A hunter (uncredited)
Grace Cunard .... Villager (uncredited)
John Curtis .... A hunter (uncredited)
J. Gunnis Davis .... Uncle Glutz (uncredited)
Kansas DeForrest .... Little ballerina (uncredited)
Elspeth Dudgeon .... Gypsy's mother (uncredited)
Helen Jerome Eddy .... Gypsy's wife (uncredited)
Neil Fitzgerald .... Rudy (uncredited)
Brenda Fowler .... A mother (uncredited)
John George .... Villager (uncredited)
Helen Gibson .... Villager (uncredited)
Marilyn Harris .... Girl (uncredited)
Rollo Lloyd .... (uncredited)
Josephine McKim .... Little mermaid (uncredited)
Torben Meyer .... Man being strangled by the Monster
(from flashback during Prologue) (uncredited)
Edwin Mordant .... The Coroner (uncredited)
Edward Peil Sr. .... Villager (uncredited)
Tempe Pigott .... Aunt Glutz (uncredited)
Sarah Schwartz .... Marta (uncredited)
Peter Shaw .... Little Devil (uncredited)
Mary Stewart .... Neighbor (uncredited)
Frank Terry .... A hunter (uncredited)
Lucio Villegas .... Priest (uncredited)
Joan Woodbury .... Little Queen (uncredited)


crew

Directed by --- James Whale
Writing credits --- William Hurlbut

William Hurlbut (adaptation) and John L. Balderston (adaptation) (as John Balderston)

Mary Shelley novel Frankenstein (uncredited)

Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr. .... producer

Original Music by Franz Waxman

Cinematography by John J. Mescall

Film Editing by Ted J. Kent (as Ted Kent)

Art Direction by Charles D. Hall

Makeup Department
Otto Lederer .... makeup associate (uncredited)
Jack P. Pierce .... makeup artist (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Fred Frank .... assistant director (uncredited)
Harry Mancke .... assistant director (uncredited)
Joseph A. McDonough .... assistant director (uncredited)

Sound Department Gilbert Kurland .... sound recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
David S. Horsley .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Ken Strickfaden .... special electrical properties (uncredited)

Other crew
C. Bakaleinikoff .... conductor (as Bakaleinikoff)
Carl Laemmle .... presenter
Flo Brummel .... script clerk (uncredited)
Buddy Daggett .... secretary: Carl Laemmle Jr. (uncredited)
William Dodds .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Alan Jones .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Clifford Vaughan .... orchestrator: musical score (uncredited)
Oliver Wallace .... musician: organist (uncredited)



film summary

This is the one horror flick that set the standard for all horror films to follow. It starts off with a strange little prelude with Mary Shelley and Lord Byron, discussing the first film, and she continues the story. Frankenstein's monster lives! Not only in the film but in cinematic imfamy! Boris Karloff plays the role of his career, and deserved an Oscar for humanizing the terrible creature. Lugosi, Strange and Chaney Jr. all tried their hand in the Pierce make-up, but none could follow in Boris' ample footsteps. Every horror cliche' was actually started in this film (and the original as well) The dark castle, lightning on a stormy night, mad scientists, ghoulish creatues haunting graveyards, the laboratory with bubbling test tubes....BOF has it all. And what a story, as a mate is made for the lonely monster. James Whale used wicked humor to tell a tale of unrequited love. Dr. Pretorious is the quintessential mad scientist, as is Colin Clive. Watch for the scene in the laboratory where they are making the bride. It is sheer genius, complete with the "terrific storm", kites and the evil equipment, as the body is raised, I become 7 years old again, a fascinated child once again! And the musical score is haunting. The end is especially tragic as the audience begins to root for the creature. They may truly "belong dead" but this beautiful piece of cinematic history will live forever.