"She's alive! Alive!"
Henry Frankenstein
The Bride of Frankenstein
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Title: The Bride of Frankenstein
Directed by: James Whale
Written by: William Hurlbut; John L. Balderston
Produced by: Carl Laemmle, Jr.
Music by: Franz Waxman
Cinematography: John J. Mescall
Edited by: Ted Kent
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Released: April 22nd, 1935
Rating: Unrated
Running time: 75 min.
Country: USA
Language: English
Budget: $397,000
Previous: Frankenstein (1931)
Next: Son of Frankenstein (1939)

The Bride of Frankenstein is an American feature film of the horror and science fiction genres. It is the direct sequel to the 1931 film Frankenstein, which is an adaptation of the 1818 novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, by English author Mary Shelley. Aspects of this film is adapted from the novel as well. The movie was directed by James Whale, who directed the first feature, with a screenplay adapted by John Balderston and William Hurlbut. It was produced by Universal Pictures and released theatrically in the United States on April 22nd, 1935. The Bride of Frankenstein sees the return of Colin Clive in the role of tortured mad scientist Henry Frankenstein, with Boris Karloff once again reprising the role of the Frankenstein Monster. The character of Elizabeth Frankenstein is now played by Valerie Hobson, replacing Mae Clarke from the first film. A new character is added to the Frankenstein mythos in the form of Doctor Pretorius, who is played by actor Ernest Thesiger. Then, of course, there's also the matter of the Bride of Frankenstein herself, who oddly receives very little screen time, and only at the end of the movie. The Bride is played by Elsa Lanchester, who also plays the role of Mary Shelley in the film's framing sequence.

Cast Edit

Actor Role
Karloff The Monster
Colin Clive Henry Frankenstein
Valerie Hobson Elizabeth Frankenstein
Ernest Thesiger Doctor Pretorius
Elsa Lanchester Mary Shelley/The Monster's mate
Gavin Gordon Lord Byron
Douglas Walton Percy Bysshe Shelley
Una O'Connor Minnie
E.E. Clive Burgomaster
Lucien Prival Butler
O.P. Heggie Hermit
Dwight Frye Karl
Reginald Barlow Hans
Mary Gordon Hans' wife
Ann Darling Shepherdess
Ted Billings Ludwig
Robert Adair Hunter
Norman Ainsley Archbishop
Billy Barty Baby
Frank Benson Villager
Maurice Black Gypsy
Walter Brennan Neighbor
Mae Bruce Villager
A.S. "Pop" Byron King
John Carradine Hunter
D'Arcy Corrigan Procession leader
Grace Cunard Villager
Jack Curtis Hunter
J. Gunnis Davis Uncle Glutz
Kansas DeForrest Ballerina
Elspeth Dudgeon Gypsy's mother
Helen Jerome Eddy Gypsy's wife
Neil Fitzgerald Rudy
Brenda Fowler Mother
John George Villager
Helen Gibson Villager
Marilyn Harris Girl
Rollo Lloyd Neighbor
Jospehine McKim Little mermaid
Torben Meyer Victim in flashback
Edwin Mordant Coroner
Edward Peil, Sr. Villager
Tempe Pigott Auntie Glutz
Sara Schwartz Marta
Peter Shaw Devil
Mary Stewart Neighbor
Frank Terry Hunter
Anders Van Haden Villager
Dorothy Vernon Maid
Lucio Villegas Priest
Joan Woodbury Queen

Notes & Trivia Edit

  • Elsa Lanchester plays both Mary Shelley in the beginning of the movie and the Monster's mate at the end of the film. She is only credited as Shelley in the closing credits. The Monster's mate is credited as "?".
  • The opening preamble between Mary Shelley, Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley is based upon an actual event that took place in 1816 in which the three of them, as well as John William Polidori and Claire Clairmont spent an evening on Lake Geneva where Shelley was first inspired to write her novel Frankenstein. This affair formed the basis of the 1986 Ken Russell film Gothic.
  • Doctor Pretorius is the only character in the film to refer to the Monster's Mate as the Bride of Frankenstein.
  • The Bride of Frankenstein was partially remade as The Bride in 1985. Actress Jennifer Beals played the role of the Monster's Mate and was given the name Eva. The film presupposes that both the Monster and the Bride survived the explosion that originally claimed them in James Whale's film.
  • The scene where the Monster meets the blind hermit was lampooned in Mel Brooks' 1974 comedy Young Frankenstein. Also in the film, Madeline Kahn is seen wearing the distinctive hairstyle of the Bride of Frankenstein.
  • The 1989 horror/comedy Bride of Re-Animator borrows heavily from this story. The premise of the film shows Doctor Herbert West and his reluctant assistant Dan Cain reconstructing a female body from spare parts, using the heart of Dan's late lover, Megan Halsey as the battery for the creature, working under the belief that Meg's consciousness could be revived through her heart. Naturally, everything goes awry and frenetic reanimate chaos ensues.
  • The Bride of Frankenstein was briefly featured in the 1998 slasher/comedy Bride of Chucky and served as an inspiration for both the film and co-star Jennifer Tilly's character, Tiffany. In the film, Tiffany watches the climax from The Bride of Frankenstein and is greatly moved by the scene, feeling that it is a great, if tragic, love story.
  • Another pastiche of the Bride is the character of Lisa from the 1985 John Hughes comedy Weird Science. Teenagers Gary Wallace (Anthony Michael Hall) and Wyatt Donnelly (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) create their own woman using incantations, candles, a doll, womens' undergarments and computer equipment. Video and audio clips from The Bride of Frankenstein are incorporated into the film. Colin Clive's infamous line "She's alive!" is mixed into the "Weird Science" theme song by Ira Newborn.

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