Original 1958 Columbia Pictures/Hammer Films theatrical trailer for “The Revenge of Frankenstein,” introduced by Peter Cushing.
“The Revenge of Frankenstein” (1958) was directed by Terence Fisher, who also worked on Hammer’s “The Curse of Frankenstein” (1957, released by Warner Bros.) and “Horror of Dracula” (1958, released by Universal Studios).
The second Hammer “Frankenstein” installment was released in the United States and Britain by Columbia Pictures. According to the American Film Institute’s film database entry, “The Revenge of Frankenstein” was one of 16 Hammer features distributed by Columbia.
Who was in “The Revenge of Frankenstein” (1958)?
The players who appeared in Fisher’s 1958 “Frankenstein” monster feature were Peter Cushing (as Baron Frankenstein, a.k.a. Dr. Victor Stein), Francis Matthews (as Dr. Hans Kleve), Eunice Gayson (as Margaret), Michael Gwynn (as Karl), John Welsh (as Bergman), Lionel Jeffries (as Fritz), John Stuart (as the inspector), Arnold Diamond (as Molke), George Woodbridge (as a janitor), and Michael Ripper (as Kurt).
In addition to his Hammer horror feature roles as Baron (Victor) Frankenstein in the studio’s “Frankenstein” series and Professor Van Helsing in the studio’s “Dracula” series, Peter Cushing also played the role of Doctor Who (billed as “Dr. Who”) in Amicus’ “Doctor Who” film adaptations (“Doctor Who and the Daleks” in 1965 and “Daleks’ Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.” in 1966). Cushing later appeared in the role of Grand Moff Tarkin in George Lucas’ “Star Wars” (1977/Episode IV: “A New Hope”).
Two years after “The Revenge of Frankenstein,” Michael Gwynn later appeared in the role of Maj. Alan Bernard in Wolf Rita’s 1960 thriller, “Village of the Damned.” Gwynn later appeared as a guest actor in John Cleese’s hit BBC comedy, “Fawlty Towers.” Gwynn played the role of Lord Melbury in the first episode of the series, “A Touch of Class” in 1975 (according to Morris Wright and Robert Ross’ retrospective book, “Fawlty Towers: Fully Booked”).
Released as a double-feature in the United States with another Columbia horror feature (produced by a competing British production firm)
According to John M. Miller’s article for Turner Classic Movies on “The Revenge of Frankenstein,” Columbia Pictures released the aforementioned Hammer production as a double-feature presentation with another British horror feature, Jacques Tourneur’s “Curse of the Demon” (featuring Dana Andrews, the latter feature was produced in 1957). Both productions were released to theaters in the United States in June 1958.
Tourneur’s film was produced by a competing British production firm, Sabre Film Productions (according to IMDB’s company credits section).
A squabble with the British Board of Film Censors
Hammer Films and the British Board of Film Censors (BBFC) had a conflict over certain scenes in the second reel of the film as part of the British film association’s certification process, according to details from IMDB’s trivia section.
The scenes are still present in all copies of the film (theatrical/non-theatrical, television and home entertainment releases), including Columbia Pictures’ vintage 8mm (Super 8) home movie “digest” version (according to additional details from IMDB).
Be sure to watch (or record) Svengoolie’s showcase of “The Revenge of Frankenstein” (1958), this Sat. on Me-TV!
With an ensemble cast, Sven’s additional fun factoids on the feature, skits, Doug Graves’ parody tune and Kerwyn’s famous “mail call” segment, kick off the month of March with Sven’s upcoming presentation of Terence Fisher’s “The Revenge of Frankenstein” (1958), this Sat. on Me-TV! Highly recommended for all fellow SvenPals, aficionados of classic horror and Hammer features!
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
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In relation to “The Revenge of Frankenstein” (1958):
“The Revenge of Frankenstein” is also available on Blu-Ray disc (in “Hammer Films Double Feature Vol. 2” with the 1964 Hammer/Columbia feature, “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb”) and in the DVD multi-film compilation set, “Hammer Films Collection: Vol. 2” from Mill Creek Entertainment (by arrangement with Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Entertainment/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment).