Frankenstein (1931) re-viewed

Scene from Frankenstein (1931)

TITLE: Frankenstein
STUDIO: Universal Pictures

STARRING: Colin Clive, Edward Von Sloan, Boris Karloff, Dwight Frye, Mae Clarke, John Boles
DIRECTOR: James Whale
PLOT: Scientist and his assistant bring life to a body stitched together from dead body parts and a pre-loved brain. Newly-created creature takes umbrage at being treated like a second-classed citizen even though he’s made from second-hand parts. Whole lot of people get hurt and upset in the process.
MORAL OF THE STORY: Providing employment to the disabled might be a noble thing to do, just make sure it isn’t an incompetent, disobedient hunchback deviant sadist or he might end up botching your whole project.
FUN FACT: The opening credits attribute the novel to “Mrs Percy B. Shelley” rather than Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.

I WATCHED Frankenstein (1931) today – the first time I have  seen the complete film in over 20 years. To my delight, I discovered the copy I had was the restored version – complete with the infamous God remarks and girl drowning footage. Throughout the film, I took some notes:

Author: The Spooky Isles

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  1. I have always been irritated by the murderer’s brain plotline too – it does not appear in the book and I think it almost spoils the movie. We are supposed to feel sorry for the monster.

    I think you are right about the father too. Does he even ever clap eyes on the monster?

    Nice review by the way.

  2. I remember seeing this as a child in 1976 during the Horror double bill season on BBC 2 on Saturday nights. I was allowed to stay up late to watch it. Back at the junior school I attended I would draw the Frankenstein monster burning in the mill for friends. Good days.

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