Realart’s theatrical re-release trailer for Universal Studios’ 1931 monster thriller, “Frankenstein.”
The legendary Berwyn/Chicago-based horror movie host will be showcasing “Frankenstein” (1931), this Sat., Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV. The mammoth 1931 silver screen adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel was directed by James Whale.
Who was in “Frankenstein” (1931)?
The players who appeared in James Whale’s “Frankenstein” were Boris Karloff (as Frankenstein’s monster), Colin Clive (as Dr. Henry Frankenstein), Mae Clarke (as Elizabeth), John Boles (as Victor), Edward Van Sloane (who played the dual roles of Dr. Waldman and the prologue announcer), Dwight Frye (as Fritz), Marilyn Harris (as Maria), Frederick Kerr (as Baron Frankenstein) and Francis Ford (as Hans, who did not receive any screen credit in the film).
Shortly before he made his appearance as Frankenstein’s monster in Whale’s film, Karloff played the role of tabloid reporter T. Vernon Isopod in the film “Five Star Final” (1931, alongside Edward G. Robinson) at rival studio Warner Bros. Pictures (under the “First National-Vitaphone” banner).
Before Karloff, Lugosi was originally set to play the role Frankenstein’s monster
According to the American Film Institute’s database article on “Frankenstein,” Bela Lugosi (who rose to fame after playing the title role in Universal’s 1931 film adaptation of “Dracula”) was originally considered for the role of the monster. Lugosi refused to play the role of Frankenstein’s monster due to the fact that the character did not have any speaking parts, according to Turner Classic Movies’ trivia section on the film.
Lugosi would later play the role of Frankenstein’s monster in Universal’s “Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man” (1943). Lugosi’s dialogue was edited out of the the aforementioned film, according to TCM’s database.
Jack Pierce’s make-up design for Karloff’s portrayal of Frankenstein’s monster
Universal Studios make-up artist Jack Pierce created the iconic make-up design for Boris Karloff’s portrayal of the monster, according to IMDB. Pierce worked as a make-up designer other iconic Universal monster features throughout his career in the film industry, including “Dracula” (1931), “The Mummy” (1932), “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935) and “The Wolf Man” (1941).
Karloff’s other Universal film appearances as Frankenstein’s monster
After the success of Universal Studios’ “Frankenstein,” Karloff would reprise his role of Frankenstein’s monster in two more films, “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935, alongside Elsa Lanchester, who played the monster’s mate) and “Son of Frankenstein” (1939, with Lugosi and Basil Rathbone).
Kenneth Strickfaden’s “Frankenstein” laboratory equipment
Electrician and special effects technician Kenneth Strickfaden designed the laboratory equipment that was used in Whale’s 1931 feature film. 43 years after the release of “Frankenstein,” Strickfaden lent his laboratory equipment for the production of Mel Brooks’ 1974 comedic horror farce, “Young Frankenstein” (Brooks’ smash comedy was released by Twentieth Century Fox).
Be sure to watch (or record) Svengoolie’s showcase of “Frankenstein” (1931), this Sat. on Me-TV!
Tune into Svengoolie’s upcoming Sat. evening presentation of “Frankenstein” (1931, with Doug Graves’ song of the evening and Kerwyn’s mail call segment) on Me-TV! One of many perfect opportunities to get into the spirit of the Halloween season (highly recommended)!
Local affiliates (near the home office of “Silver Screen Reflections”):
In the Frederick, Maryland/Washington, D.C. area: WTTG-5.3/Cable 196/Fios 489/Antietam Cable 194 (also on QAM digital 68.6 for Antietam cable subscribers)
In the Baltimore, Maryland area: WBAL-TV 11.2/Cable 208
In the Hanover/Gettysburg/York, Pennsylvania area: WGAL-TV 8.2/Cable 248
Live-tweet with fellow Svengoolie SvenPals on Twitter (during Sven’s Sat. big broadcast of “Frankenstein” on Me-TV, by using “#Svengoolie”)!
“A fast seller!” Update on Svengoolie’s official limited edition action figure: According to Me-TV’s official store and Sven’s official social media post, all 1,000 limited edition Svengoolie action figures have been sold out. Have no fear, fellow SvenPals! Me-TV is currently in the process of ordering additional Sven action figures from the Figures Toy Company. More will be on the way in the near future!
Sven’s 1985 opening introduction to his Berwyn/Chicago broadcast of “Frankenstein” (from his WFLD days as the “Son of Svengoolie,” via Rick Klein’s FuzzyMemories.tv/”The Museum of Classic Chicago Television”)
In relation to “Frankenstein:”
“Frankenstein” (1931) is also available on DVD and Blu-Ray disc. The film is also part of Universal’s multi-feature film sets, “Frankenstein: The Complete Legacy Collection” and the “Universal Classic Monsters Spotlight Collection.”