The legendary Chicago/Berwyn-based monster film host will present his big broadcast showcase of “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935), this Sat., May 11 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV (part of Sven’s “Monstrous May” showcase of classic Universal “Frankenstein” monster films).
The remaining films in Sven’s Sat. May tribute to the classic Universal “Frankenstein” features will include “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” (1948, on May 18) and “The Ghost of Frankenstein” (1942, on May 25).
“Bride of Frankenstein” (1935, the sequel to 1931’s “Frankenstein”) was directed by veteran Universal director James Whale. Whale also directed the aforementioned 1931 Universal monster masterpiece with Boris Karloff in the title monster role.
This will mark Sven’s seventh big broadcast of “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935) on Me-TV. He previously showcased Whale’s 1935 Universal monster sequel back in June 2011*, Sept. 2012*, April 2014, June 2015, April 2016 and June 2017.
To quote Universal’s concluding motto, “A good cast is worth repeating.” Who was in Whale’s Universal production of “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935)?
The players who appeared in Whale’s 1935 Universal monster sequel were Elsa Lanchester (who played the dual roles of author Mary Shelley and “the monster’s mate;” Lanchester was married to stage and screen actor Charles Laughton from 1928 until his death in 1962), Boris Karloff (as Frankenstein’s monster), Colin Clive (as Henry Frankenstein), Valerie Hobson (as Elizabeth Frankenstein), Dwight Frye (as Karl), Una O’Connor (as Minnie), Douglas Walton (as Percy Shelley), O.P. Heggie (as a Hermit), Ernest Thesiger (as Dr. Pretorius), E.E. Clive (as the Burgomaster), Gavin Gordon (as Lord Byron), young Walter Brennan (in an uncredited role as a neighbor), Billy Barty (in an uncredited role as a baby) and John Carradine (in an uncredited role as a hunter at the Hermit’s cabin).
Original working title for “The Bride of Frankenstein” (1935)
According to the American Film Institute’s database article on Whale’s 1935 landmark Universal monster sequel, the original working title for “Bride of Frankenstein” was “The Return of Frankenstein.”
Jack Pierce’s makeup effects for Elsa Lanchester’s characterization of the “monster’s mate”
According to the 1999 Universal DVD retrospective featurette on Whale’s “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935), “She’s Alive! Creating the ‘Bride of Frankenstein’;” the application of the faux/non-distinctive “scar” that was on Jack Pierce’s make-up design for Elsa Lanchester’s character of the “monster’s mate” took the most amount of time to complete out of all make-up effects.
The iconic hair for Lanchester’s portrayal of the “monster’s mate” was constructed with a wire cage and was mixed in with her own hair by Pierce.
Franz Waxman’s source orchestral score for “Bride of Frankenstein” was later re-used in two Universal sci-fi serial series
Film composer Franz Waxman composed the source orchestral score for Whale’s Universal monster production of “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935), according to Jay Steinberg’s Turner Classic Movies article on the landmark “Frankenstein” sequel. According to the official Franz Waxman website, this marked the first original orchestral film score composition for the composer.
Elements of Waxman’s “Bride of Frankenstein” source orchestral score recordings were re-used in two of Universal’s popular sci-fi serial series with Buster Crabbe, “Flash Gordon” (1936, 1938 and 1940) and “Buck Rogers” (1939); according to IMDB.
Elsa Lanchester’s inspiration for the Bride’s “hissing sounds”
According to additional details from IMDB, Elsa Lanchester’s inspiration for the hissing sounds for her characterization of the “Bride of Frankenstein” came from the sounds of the swans at Regent’s Park in London. According to additional details from the aforementioned Universal DVD featurette, the swan’s “hissing” sounds occurred when Lanchester fed swans at Regent Park with husband Charles Laughton back in London.
Later re-issued by Realart as a double-feature presentation with “Son of Frankenstein”
According to IMDB, Realart Pictures/Film Classics reissued Universal’s 1935 production of “Bride of Frankenstein” as a double-feature presentation with the Universal-Rowland V. Lee production of “Son of Frankenstein” (1939, with Boris Karloff in his final portrayal of Frankenstein’s monster; Basil Rathbone, Bela Lugosi and Lionel Atwill).
Be sure to watch/record Svengoolie’s big broadcast showcase of “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935, part of Sven’s “Monstrous May” salute to classic Universal Frankenstein films), this Sat. on Me-TV!
With Elsa Lanchester, Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson, Dwight Frye, Una O’Connor, Ernest Thesiger, O.P. Heggie, E.E. Clive, Douglas Walton, Gavin Gordon, young Walter Brennan, Billy Barty and John Carradine; along with James Whale’s direction, Jack Pierce’s monster make-up effects and Gilbert Kurland’s Academy Award-nominated sound recording; you will not want to miss out on Svengoolie’s big broadcast of “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935), this Sat. on Me-TV! A perfect feature treat for all fellow super SvenPals from coast-to-coast and fellow aficinados of classic Universal Studios monster/horror features with Sven’s extra fun facts, Doug Graves’ parody tune and Kerwyn’s “mail call” segment! You will not be disappointed! Highly recommended!
*Before Me-TV came into the Washington/Frederick area (Me-TV came into the Washington/Frederick broadcast region in early 2013; originally on WJLA-TV and then moved to Fox O&O WTTG-5 in March 2017). -C.H.
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/FiOS 460
In the Hanover/Gettysburg/York, Pennsylvania area: WGAL-TV 8.2/Cable 248/FiOS 460
“Berwyn’s very own” meets “Chicago’s very own!” Svengoolie and his alter-ego, Rich Koz’s recent May 2 appearance/interview with WGN Radio’s Nick Digilio! (credit to fellow super SvenPal Nanette Keir for spreading the word about this to the entire crowd fellow SvenPals)!
Extra! Extra! Extra! Cameo mentions of fellow super SvenPals!
Extra! Extra! Extra (around the 1:01 mark and the 1:36 mark)! During Svengoolie’s big Me-TV broadcast showcase of “Frankenstein” (1931) on May 4, fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals from coast-to-coast jumped for joy during Sven’s “On the Road” highlight segment of the March 2019 Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo festival in Chicago, Illinois; where fellow super SvenPal Nanette Keir had a cameo appearance with her official Sven/”official chicken thrower” T-shirt during Sven’s meet-and-greet C2E2 autograph/photo session at the exposition!
Three cheers and congratulations on behalf of the entire crowd of fellow coast-to-coast super SvenPals, Nanette on seeing Sven again in person during C2E2 and on your recent cameo appearance in Sven’s “On the Road” segment! All of us are proud of you and we’re glad to hear that you enjoyed seeing Sven again in person! –C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals of Chicago/Berwyn/Antioch and beyond! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Jamie Lee will be appearing with the PM&L players for the new and upcoming PM&L Theatre stage rendition of Christopher Durang’s Tony Award-winning comedy play, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike!” Directed for by Mark Badtke for the PM&L ensemble, Jamie will be reprising her role of Nina in the upcoming PM&L rendition of Durang’s play!
According to the official website for the PM&L Theatre, the upcoming rendition(s) of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” will take place from Fri., May 31 to Sun., June 16 (Fri. evenings/May 31, June 7 and June 14 at 8 p.m., local time; Sat. evenings/June 1, June 8 and June 15 at 8 p.m., local time and Sun. afternoons/June 2, June 9 and June 16 at 2:30 p.m., local time) at the PM&L Theatre complex (877 N. Main St., Antioch, Illinois 60002)! Online ticket orders are available for purchase and ticket orders at the PM&L box offie will open on Mon., May 20 (according to the official PM&L website, ticket prices are $15 and $18).
Three cheers and congratulations on behalf of the entire crowd of fellow coast-to-coast super SvenPals to Jamie and the entire PM&L cast ensemble on their upcoming theatrical May and June stage renditions of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”! Break a leg! All of us are proud of you and we’re all applauding and rooting for you! -C.H.
In connection to “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935):
“Bride of Frankenstein” (1935) is also available from Universal on Blu-Ray, DVD disc and through participating streaming/video-on-demand providers. The 1935 classic is also available in Universal’s “Frankenstein” monster franchise anthology film set on Blu-Ray and DVD, “Frankenstein: The Complete Legacy Collection.” The film is also available in Universal’s “Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection“(“Universal Monsters: The Essential Collection“) Blu-Ray anthology film compilation set. “Bride of Frankenstein” is also available in Universal’s “Classic Monsters Spotlight Collection” DVD compilation set.
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