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Bride of Frankenstein

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Bride of Frankenstein
Karloff as The Monster
Directed byJames Whale
Written byScreenplay:
William Hurlbut
William Hurlbut
John L. Balderston
Based onFrankenstein
by Mary Shelley
Produced byCarl Laemmle, Jr.
StarringBoris Karloff
CinematographyJohn J. Mescall
Edited byTed Kent
Music byFranz Waxman
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release dates
April 22, 1935 (Los Angeles)
May 10, 1935 (New York City)[1]
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States

Bride of Frankenstein (sometimes The Bride of Frankenstein) is a 1935 Universal Pictures science fiction horror movie. It is a sequel to Universal's Frankenstein (1931). Bride was directed by James Whale. It stars Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive and Ernest Thesiger.

The movie is based on a subplot in the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. It picks up where the movie Frankenstein leaves off. In Bride, Henry Frankenstein drops his work in the laboratory. The Monster wants a mate. He forces Henry to create one.

Preparations for making Bride began shortly after Frankenstein opened in theaters. Photography started in January 1935. Many of the actors and crew from Frankenstein returned for Bride. Critics and audiences loved the movie, but the censors found fault.

Today, the movie is considered Whale's masterpiece. The director and others involved in the production were homosexuals. Some viewers detect a gay sensibility in the movie. Some of Whale's associates have dismissed the idea.


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  1. Brown, Gene (1995). Movie Time: A Chronology of Hollywood and the Movie Industry from Its Beginnings to the Present. New York: Macmillan. p. 124. ISBN 0-02-860429-6. In New York, the film premiered at the famed Roxy Theatre.
  2. Brunas, et. al., p. 116

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