The legendary Berwyn/Chicago-based monster film host will present his big broadcast showcase of “Frankenstein” (1931), this Sat., May 4 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV (as part of Sven’s “Monstrous May” festival of classic Universal “Frankenstein” monster features).
This will be the “kick-off” film in Sven’s Universal “Frankenstein” tribute throughout the month of May on Me-TV. Other Universal “Frankenstein” masterpieces in Sven’s Sat. “Monstrous May” festival will include “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935, on May 11), “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” (1948, on May 18) and “The Ghost of Frankenstein” (1942, on May 25).
Adapted from Mary Shelley’s novel, the 1931 production of “Frankenstein” was directed by veteran Universal director James Whale. Whale also directed the Universal screen adaptation of H.G. Wells’ “The Invisible Man” (1933, with Claude Rains and Gloria Stuart) and the landmark Universal “Frankenstein” monster sequel, “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935, with Boris Karloff and Elsa Lanchester).
This will mark Sven’s fifth coast-to-coast big broadcast of Whale’s 1931 Universal monster classic on Me-TV. He previously showcased ‘Frankenstein” back in Nov. 2013, Nov. 2014, Oct. 2015 and Sept. 2017.
To quote Universal’s ending motto, “A good cast is worth repeating.” Who was in Whale’s Universal production of “Frankenstein” (1931)?
The players who appeared in James Whale’s classic Universal adaptation of “Frankenstein” were Boris Karloff (as Frankenstein’s monster), Colin Clive (as Dr. Henry Frankenstein), Mae Clarke (as Elizabeth), Edward Van Sloan (who played the dual roles of Dr. Waldman and the introductory prologue announcer, Sloan played Van Helsing in Tod Browning’s 1931 Universal monster masterpiece with Bela Lugosi, “Dracula”), John Boles (as Victor Moritz), Dwight Frye (as Fritz; Frye was also known for his role of Renfield in 1931’s “Dracula”), Marilyn Harris (as Maria), Frederick Kerr (as Baron Frankenstein), Francis Ford (in an uncredited screen role as Hans, Ford was the older brother of director John Ford) and Lionel Belmore (as the Burgomaster).