1950s Realart re-release trailer for Universal’s “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935).
The legendary Chicago-based horror host will be presenting the landmark sequel to “Frankenstein” (1931), “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935). The fun starts this Sat., June 3 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central on Me-TV.
This isn’t the first time that Sven has shown “Bride of Frankenstein” on Me-TV. He had previously shown the Universal horror gem back in June 2011, Sept. 2012, April 2014, June 2015 and Sept. 2016 (Me-TV came to the Frederick, Maryland/Washington, D.C. area in early 2013 as part of the classic/cult TV network’s coast-to-coast expansion).
“A Good Cast is Worth Repeating:” Who was in “Bride of Frankenstein?”
The players in the 1935 sequel were Elsa Lanchester (who played the dual roles of Frankenstein author Mary Shelley and “the monster’s mate”), Boris Karloff (as Frankenstein’s monster), Colin Clive (as Henry Frankenstein), Valerie Hobson (as Elizabeth Frankenstein), Una O’Connor (as Minnie), Dwight Frye (as Karl), Ernest Thesiger (as Dr. Pretorius), O.P. Heggie (as a hermit), Douglas Walton (as Percy Shelley), Gavin Gordon (as Lord Byron) and E.E. Clive (as Burgomaster).
In addition to the main cast, several familiar (future) faces appeared in “Bride of Frankenstein” (before they were famous):
According to IMDB’s portal on the players in “Bride of Frankenstein,” there were several non-credited players who would go on to successful careers in stage and screen; including a young Walter Brennan (as a neighbor), Billy Barty (as a baby) and John Carradine (as a hunter at Hermit’s cabin).
James Whale was not impressed about the idea of a sequel to “Frankenstein”
According to Rob Nixon’s article for Turner Classic Movies on the idea behind “Bride of Frankenstein,” the veteran Universal director originally refused to direct the sequel to the landmark 1931 screen adaptation. The studio wanted to make plans for a “Frankenstein” sequel in 1933. Director Kurt Neumann was considered as a replacement for Whale (Neumann would later direct “The Fly” in 1958, featuring Vincent Price and David Hedison).
Whale would later change his mind about directing a sequel to “Frankenstein” after the success of his 1933 Universal screen adaptation of H.G. Wells’ “The Invisible Man.” He was given complete creative control of the project.
Transforming Elsa Lanchester into the “Bride of Frankenstein”
According to further findings in Rob Nixon’s additional TCM article, Lanchester’s make-up for her part of the “monster’s mate” took three hours to complete. Karloff’s make-up for his part of “Frankenstein’s monster” took five hours to complete.
The make-up work for both Lanchester and Karloff was done by veteran Universal make-up artist Jack Pierce. Lanchester also spent several days wrapped in large cloth bandages for her role in the film.
Nominated for an Academy Award
Universal Studios sound supervisor Gilbert Kurland was nominated for the 1936 Academy Award under the category of Best Sound Recording for his work on “Bride of Frankenstein.” Kurland lost to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer sound supervisor Douglas Shearer, who won the Oscar for his work on the film “Naughty Marietta” (Elsa Lanchester also appeared alongside Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald in the latter film, in the role of Madame d’Annard).
Be sure to watch Svengoolie’s showcase of “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935) this Sat. on Me-TV!
With Elsa Lanchester, Boris Karloff, along with an ensemble cast of Universal players and Franz Waxman’s orchestral score; you will not want to miss out on Svengoolie’s upcoming showcase of “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935)!
Be sure to watch one of the most iconic moments in cinematic history where the monster meets his mate, along with Sven’s informative fun facts, Doug’s song segment and Kerwyn’s mail call this Sat. on Me-TV! A perfect way to kick off the month of June!
Sat., June 3 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central on Me-TV
In the Washington, D.C./Frederick, Maryland area: WTTG 5.3/Comcast 196
In the Baltimore, Maryland region: WBAL-TV 11.2/Comcast 208 (Sven is time-delayed to 11 p.m. due to TV-11’s exclusive 10 p.m. newscast on their Me-TV sub-channel)
Sven’s “Castle of Shock” number: A parody of The Dixie Cups’ “Chapel of Love” (from his days as the “Son of Svengoolie” on WFLD-TV, from an off-air recording of his 1983 Chicago presentation of “Bride of Frankenstein” featuring station art director Cathy Mustari as the “monster’s mate”), via Rick Klein’s FuzzyMemories.tv/”The Museum of Classic Chicago Television”
“Bride of Frankenstein” (1935) is also available on DVD, Blu-Ray disc and Digital HD from Universal (also available as part of the studio’s “Frankenstein: Complete Legacy Collection” box set on DVD and Blu-Ray and in Universal’s “Classic Monsters Spotlight Collection” DVD set).
Anthony D’Alessandro’s Deadline article on Universal’s upcoming 2019 remake of “Bride of Frankenstein” (as part of the studio’s return to the horror/”Universal Monsters” genre, under the “Dark Universe” series of films)