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Son of Frankenstein (1939)

Approved | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | 13 January 1939 (USA)
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One of the sons of Frankenstein finds his father's monster in a coma and revives him, only to find out he is controlled by Ygor who is bent on revenge.

Director:

Rowland V. Lee

Writers:

Mary Shelley (suggested by the story written in 1816) (as Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley), Wyllis Cooper (screenplay) (as Willis Cooper)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Basil Rathbone ... Baron Wolf von Frankenstein
Boris Karloff ... The Monster
Bela Lugosi ... Ygor
Lionel Atwill ... Inspector Krogh
Josephine Hutchinson ... Elsa von Frankenstein
Donnie Dunagan Donnie Dunagan ... Peter von Frankenstein
Emma Dunn ... Amelia
Edgar Norton ... Thomas Benson
Perry Ivins Perry Ivins ... Fritz
Lawrence Grant ... Burgomaster
Lionel Belmore ... Emil Lang
Michael Mark Michael Mark ... Ewald Neumüller
Caroline Frances Cooke ... Frau Neumüller (as Caroline Cooke)
Gustav von Seyffertitz ... Burgher
Lorimer Johnston ... Burgher (as Lorimer Johnson)
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Wolf von Frankenstein returns to the Baronial manor from the United States with his wife Elsa and son Peter. He not made welcome by the locals who are still terrified of his father's works and the monster he created. The local Burgomaster gives him a sealed briefcase left by his father and inside, Wolf finds his father's scientific notes. At the manor house he meets his father's assistant Igor who has a surprise for him: the monster his father created is still alive, though in some sort of coma. Wolf's initial attempts to re-animate the creature seem to fail but when Peter says he saw a giant in the woods, it appears he's met success. When people are mysteriously killed in the village there is little doubt that the monster is responsible. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Trivia

Not long before shooting began, Boris Karloff began to voice his concerns over how the Frankenstein creature character might develop. His worries were partially justified when the character would be reduced to a comic strip, one-dimensional killing machine. To a certain extent, this began to occur in "Son of Frankenstein." See more »

Goofs

When Wolf von Frankenstein is arguing with Krogh in the castle lobby (73 minutes), he removes his hat and throws it at the high-backed chair to the left of the fireplace. It lands on the floor in front of and to the left of the chair. Later in this sequence, the hat switches to the right of and behind the chair. Later still, in the same location, the hat has now flipped upside down. Frankenstein's coat, which was thrown on the floor to the left of the chair also shifts position (to the seat of the chair, in this case). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[a child picks up a rock to throw at Ygor's window]
Younger Brother: Ain't you afraid?
Older Brother: Of old Ygor? No!
[Ygor stares from the window]
Older Brother: Oh!
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Alternate Versions

The British release print runs approximately two minutes longer. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Sailing, Sailing, Over the Bounding Main
(uncredited)
Written by Godfrey Marks
Sung a cappella by Donnie Dunagan
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Packs a Decent Enough Punch
18 April 2013 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

"Baron Wolf von Frankenstein" (Basil Rathbone) is a decent young man who just wants to start a new life with his beautiful wife, "Elsa von Frankenstein" (Josephine Hutchinson) and son in the castle bequeathed to him upon his father's death. Upon entering the laboratory he encounters a rather unsavory character named "Ygor" (played by none other than Bela Lugosi) who shows him a secret room which contains the crypt of his father and his grandfather. It also contains the live body of the monster known as "Frankenstein" (Boris Karloff) who has been seriously injured. After a thorough examination, and at the urging of Ygor, he decides to bring the monster out of his comatose state. Things begin to spiral quickly out of control after that. Anyway, this is the third film in this series and while it might not be up to the same high standards of "Frankenstein" and "The Bride of Frankenstein", it still packs a decent enough punch. All of the actors did well and the story contains enough suspense and drama to keep things moving along quite nicely. Definitely worth a view for fans of classical horror.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 1939 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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