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Frankenstein (1931)


8.3
Frankenstein (1931)

Overview

Production co: Universal Pictures

70 min (USA) June 1959 (USA)

Library synopsis: [En] One of the most celebrated and influential movies ever made – it even sparked off a Horror revival when shown on American TV in 1957 – it does not by any means represent ’s best work. ‘’s delight in the eccentricities og human behaviour, in outcast monster and the grotesques whom he encourages to take the plot by the scruff of the neck and make free of it to create self-contained little farces of their own. With Boris Karloff giving one of the great performances of all time as the monster whose mutation from candour to chill savagery is mirrored only through his limpid eyes, the film’s great imaginative coup is to show the monster ‘growing up’ in all too human terms. Written by Phil Hardy

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Cult stars: Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff

Cult relevance index: 9.1 / 10

Note: Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, , 2013, Won, Saturn Award, Best DVD/Blu-Ray Collection, Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection.  |  National Film Preservation Board, , 1991, Won, National Film Registry.  |  Boris Karloff often referred to the Frankenstein Monster as “the dear old boy”.  |  In the final credits the Universal globe is tilted way over to the right – very different to the “upright” version seen in modern Universal releases.  |  Boris Karloff was considered as such an anonymous actor by Universal that he was not invited to the December 6th premiere.  |  Boris Karloff’s shoes weighed 13 pounds each.  |  The first film to use the famous Castle Thunder sound effect.  |  The monster make-up design by Jack P. Pierce is under copyright to Universal through the year 2026, and licensed by Universal Studios Licensing, Inc.  |  Some of the sets had originally been constructed for Paul Leni’s The Cat and the Canary (1927) which Universal had produced four years earlier.  |  John Carradine, who later played Dracula in the Universal Horror films, once claimed he was considered for the role of the Monster.  |  Those originally considered for the cast included Leslie Howard as Henry Frankenstein and Bette Davis as Elizabeth. Director insisted on Colin Clive for the role of Henry.  |  Featured in Bride of Frankenstein (1935), The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942), The Mummy’s Tomb (1942), Way… Way Out (1966).  |  References Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam (1920), Metropolis (1927).  |  Remade as The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Horror of Frankenstein (1970).  |  Followed by Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Son of Frankenstein (1939), The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942), Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)House of Frankenstein (1944)House of Dracula (1945)Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948).

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Essential inner links and references

Dell Movie Classic [USA / 1964 - August-October - 12-283-410] (cm)  |  I Classici a Fumetti [Italy / A. 3 - Nr. 15 - July 1969] (cm)  | The Aurum Film Encyclopedia – Horror [UK / 1996] (bk) |  Mad Doctors, Monsters and Mummies [UK / 1991] (bk)  |  Midi – Minuit Fantastique [France / Nr. 9 - July 1964] (mg)  |  Monster Memories [USA / Nr. 1 - January 1993] (mg)  |  Mad Movies [France / Nr. 16 - October 1977] (fz)  |  Monster Bis [France / Nr. 120 - Le Gothique a L'Anglo-Saxonne] (fz)

Frankenstein

We Belong Dead – Frankenstein on Film [USA / 1997] (bk)  |  Frankenstein [USA / 1992] (bk)  |  The Illustrated Frankenstein Movie Guide [UK / 1994] (bk)  |  Cult Movies [USA / Nr. 27 - 1998] (mg)  |  Famous Monsters of Filmland [USA / Nr. 124 - April 1976] (mg) |  Midi – Minuit Fantastique [France / Nr. 23 - Autumn 1970] (mg)  | I Classici a Fumetti [Italy / A. 3 - Nr. 15 - July 1969] (cm)  |  Dell Movie Classic [USA / 1964 - August-October - 12-283-410] (cm)  |  L’Ecran Fantastique [France / Nr. 1 - Summer 1977] (mg)  |  Terror Fantastic [Spain / A. 1 - Nr. 2 - November 1971] (mg)  |  Midnight Marquee [USA / Nr. 54 - Summer 1997] (mg)  |  Mad Movies [France / Nr. 14 - December 1976] (fz)  |  Cine Zine Zone [France / Nr. 11 - November 1981] (fz)  |  Vampir [West Germany / Nr. 5 - October 1973] (fz)

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CertificationUK:A (original rating) (cut) / UK:PG (video rating) (2002) / UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (cinema version) (cut) / Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) / Finland:K-15 (2004) / Iceland:16 / Spain:13 / South Korea:12 / Canada:(Banned) (Quebec) (original rating) / Canada:G (Quebec) / Norway:16 (video rating) / USA:TV-PG (TV rating) / Argentina:13 / Australia:M / Germany:16 / Sweden:11 / USA:Unrated
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Release dateUSA 21 November 1931 | USA 4 December 1931 (New York City, New York) | Austria 1932 | Turkey 1932 | Japan 15 April 1932 | Germany 18 May 1932 | Uruguay 23 July 1932 | Italy August 1932 (Venice Film Festival) | Italy 16 September 1932 | Sweden 28 November 1932 | Portugal 10 January 1933 | Hong Kong 15 June 1933 | France 18 December 1940 | USA 1 June 1947 (re-release) | Austria 5 July 1957 (re-release) | Portugal 2 April 1976 (re-release)
Also known asFrankenstein Austria / Germany / Greece / Hungary (imdb display title) / Poland / Portugal (imdb display title) / Uruguay (literal title) | El doctor Frankenstein Spain | Frankenstayn Turkey (Turkish title) | Frankenstein, el autor del monstruo Uruguay (alternative title)
Filming locationsBusch Gardens - S. Grove Avenue, Pasadena, California, USA (convalescent scene) | Court of Miracles, Backlot, Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA | Lake Sherwood, California, USA (creature and young girl by the lake scene) | Little Europe, Backlot, Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA | Malibou Lake, Agoura, California, USA (creature and young girl by the lake scene) | San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California, USA | Stage 12, Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA
Box office/businessBudget $291.000 (estimated) || USA - Gross: $12.000.000 | Filming Dates 24 August 1931 - 3 October 1931 | Copyright Holder: Universal Pictures Corp.; 16 November 1931; LP2631 (in copyright registry)
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Distribution companyUniversal Pictures (1931) (USA) (theatrical) | Universal Pictures (1938) (USA) (theatrical) (re-release) | Universal Pictures (1947) (USA) (theatrical) (re-release) | Realart Pictures (1951) (USA) (theatrical) (re-release) | Screen Gems (1957) (USA) (TV) | Universal Pictures (1932) (Austria) (theatrical) | MCA/Universal Home Video (USA) (VHS) | MCA/Universal Home Video (USA) (laserdisc) | Net5 (2004) (Netherlands) (TV) | Universal Home Entertainment (USA) (DVD) | Universal Pictures Benelux (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD) | ICI (Italy) (vhs) | Fonit Cetra Video (Italy) (vhs) | Pantmedia (Italy) (vhs) | CIC Video (Italy) (vhs) | Mondadori Video (Italy) (vhs) | AVO Film (Italy) (vhs)
RuntimeUSA: 70 min | France 71 min | Italy: 70 min
Technical specificationsSound Mix: Mono (Western Electric Sound System) | Color: Black and White | Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1 | Laboratory Universal Studios Laboratory, USA | Film length (metres) (8 reels) | Film negative format (mm/video inches): 35 mm | Cinematographic process: Spherical | Printed film format: 35 mm

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