Now that classic/cult film aficionados and fans of Turner Classic Movies celebrated slapstick throughout September, film lovers will be in for a treat this October.
“Frankenstein:” Turner Classic Movies’ “Monster of the Month”
To kick off this month (and to celebrate the Halloween season), Turner Classic Movies will be showing a classic Frankenstein film each Sunday at 8 p.m. throughout the month.
Ranging from the Universal Studios Frankenstein films (including the original 1931 version with Boris Karloff), to Hammer Studios’ Frankenstein adaptations of the 1950s and 1960s, to Mel Brooks’ landmark 1974 comedic horror farce “Young Frankenstein,” there’s something for all fans of vintage horror on TCM this month.
Rundown of vintage and cult “Frankenstein” films as part of TCM’s month-long salute:
Sun., Oct. 2:
8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central: “Frankenstein” (1931) Directed by James Whale, featuring Colin Clive (Dr. Henry Frankenstein), Boris Karloff (The Monster), Mae Clarke (Elizabeth), John Boles (Victor), Edward Van Sloan (Dr. Waldman), Dwight Frye (Fritz, the Dwarf) and Frederick Kerr (Baron Frankenstein).
9:30 p.m. Eastern/8:30 p.m. Eastern: “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935) Directed by James Whale, featuring Boris Karloff (The Monster), Colin Clive (Dr. Henry Frankenstein), Valerie Hobson (Elizabeth Frankenstein), Elsa Lanchester (Mary Shelley/The Monster’s Mate), Ernest Thesiger (Dr. Pretorius) and Gavin Gordon (Lord Byron). An encore showing will occur on Sat., Nov. 12 at 9:15 a.m. Eastern/8:15 a.m. Central.
11 p.m. Eastern/10 p.m. Central: “Son of Frankenstein” (1939) Directed by Rowland V. Lee, featuring Basil Rathbone (Baron Wolf von Frankenstein), Boris Karloff (The Monster), Bela Lugosi (Ygor), Lionel Atwill (Inspector Krogh), Josephine Hutchinson (Elsa von Frankenstein), Donnie Dunagan (Peter von Frankenstein), Emma Dunn (Amelia) and Edgar Norton (Thomas Benson). This was Karloff’s final appearance as Frankenstein’s Monster.
Sun., Oct. 9: Universal Studios’ Frankenstein: The 1940s
8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central: “The Ghost of Frankenstein” (1942) Directed by Erle C. Kenton, featuring Lon Chaney, Jr. (The Monster), Bela Lugosi (Ygor), Sir Cedric Hardwicke (Dr. Ludwig Frankenstein/Ghost of Baron Heinrich Frankenstein), Ralph Bellamy (Erik [Ernst]), Lionel Atwill (Dr. Theodor Bohmer), Barton Yarborough, (the Chief Constable), Doris Lloyd (Martha) and Leyland Hodgson (Dr. Kettering).
9:15 p.m. Eastern/7:15 p.m. Central: “Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man” (1943) Directed by Roy William Neil, featuring Bela Lugosi (The Monster), Lon Chaney, Jr. (The Wolf Man/Lawrence Stewart Talbot), Ilona Massey (Baroness Elsa Frankenstein), Patric Knowles (Dr. Mannering), Lionel Atwill (the Mayor), Maria Ouspenskaya (Maleva), Dennis Hoey (Inspector Owen), Don Barclay (Franzec), Rex Evans (Vazec), Dwight Frye (Rudi), Harry Stubbs (Guno) and Adia Kuznetzoff (Singer).
10:45 p.m. Eastern/9:45 p.m. Central: “House of Frankenstein” (1945) Directed by Erle C. Kenton, featuring Glenn Strange (the Monster), Boris Karloff (Dr. Niemann), Lon Chaney, Jr. (The Wolf Man/Lawrence Stewart Talbot), John Carradine (Dracula), Anne Gwynne (Rita Hussman), Peter Coe (Carl Hussman), Lionel Atwill (Arnz), George Zucco (Lampini), Elena Verdugo (Ilonka), Sig Ruman (Hussman), William Edmunds (Fejos), Charles Miller (Toberman) and Philip Van Zandt (Muller).
Oct. 16: Hammer Studios’ Frankenstein (Part I)
8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central: “The Curse of Frankenstein” (1957) Directed by Terence Fisher, featuring Peter Cushing (Baron Victor Frankenstein), Christopher Lee (The Creature), Hazel Court (Elizabeth), Paul Krempe (Robert Urquhart), Valerie Gaunt (Justine), Noel Hood (Aunt Sophia), and Marjorie Hume (Mother). An encore showing will occur on Mon., Oct. 24 at 4:45 p.m. Eastern/3:45 p.m. Central.
9:45 p.m. Eastern/8:45 p.m. Central: “The Revenge of Frankenstein” (1958) Directed by Terence Fisher, featuring Peter Cushing (Doctor Victor Stein), Francis Matthews (Doctor Hans Kleve), Eunice Gayson (Margaret Conrad), Michael Gwynn (Karl Immelmann), John Welsh (Dr. Bergman), Lionel Jeffries (Fritz), Oscar Quitak (Dwarf), Richard Wordsworth (Up Patient), Charles Lloyd Pack (President of the Medical Council), John Stuart (Inspector), Arnold Diamond (Dr. Malke), Margery Cresley (Countess Barscynska), Anna Walmsley (Vera Barscynska), George Woodbridge (Janitor) and Michael Ripper (Kurt).
Oct. 23: Hammer Studios’ Frankenstein (Part II)
8 p.m. Eatern/7 p.m. Central: “Frankenstein Created Woman” (1967) Directed by Terence Fisher, featuring Peter Cushing (Baron Frankenstein), Susan Denberg (Christina), Thorley Walters (Doctor Hertz), Robert Morris (Hans), Duncan Lamont (prisoner), and Peter Blythe (Anton).
10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central: “Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed” (1969) Directed by Terence Fisher, featuring Peter Cushing (Baron Frankenstein), Veronica Carlson (Anna), Freddie Jones (Professor Richter), Simon Ward (Karl), Thorley Walters (Inspector Frisch), Maxine Audley (Ella Brandt) and George Pravda (Brandt)
Oct. 30: Horror and Hilarity (or “Ouch! A Salute to Spooky Slapstick Cinema”)
8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central: Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” (1974) Directed by Mel Brooks, featuring Gene Wilder (Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, pronounced “Fronckenstein”), Peter Boyle (as Frankenstein’s monster), Marty Feldman (as Igor), Madeline Kahn, Teri Garr, Kenneth Mars and Gene Hackman (in an uncredited role as a blind man). TCM will have an earlier showing on Fri.. Oct. 14 at 1 a.m. Eastern/Midnight Central. Twentieth Century Fox and Fathom Events will have a one-day revival screening (w/special live introduction by Mel Brooks from the Fox lot) on Oct. 5 in select theaters from coast-to-coast.
10 p.m./9 p.m. Central: “Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein” (1948) Directed by Charles Barton, featuring Bud Abbott (Chick Young), Lou Costello (Wilbur Grey), Lon Chaney, Jr. (Lawrence Talbot), Bela Lugosi (Count Dracula), Glenn Strange (The Frankenstein Monster) and Lenore Aubert (Dr. Sandra Mornay).
TCM’s salute to Frankenstein is perfect for fans of vintage horror films (including spoofs), including fellow fans of Me-TV’s “Svengoolie” (and his Saturday evening showcase of vintage Universal horror/sci-fi flicks).
Can’t get enough vintage horror? Tune into “Svengoolie” and his Saturday evening showcase of vintage Universal horror/sci-fi flicks on Me-TV Network (Sat. Nights at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central). In the Frederick, Maryland/Washington, D.C. area, Me-TV is available on Comcast 204/WJLA-TV 7.2. In the Baltimore area, the channel is available on Comcast 208/WBAL-TV 11.2.
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