The legendary Berwyn/Chicago-based monster film host will present his big broadcast of “The Ghost of Frankenstein” (1942), this Sat., May 25 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV. “The Ghost of Frankenstein” will be the finale feature for Sven’s “Monstrous May” festival showcase of classic Universal “Frankenstein” monster features.
The 1942 Universal monster-thriller was directed by veteran director Erle C. Kenton, who also directed the Paramount feature film adaptation of H.G. Wells’ “Island of Lost Souls” (1932), two Universal comedies with Bud Abbott and Lou Costello; “Who Done It?” and “Pardon My Sarong” (both 1942). Kenton also worked on the fifth Universal “Dracula” monster franchise production, “House of Dracula” (1945).
This will mark Sven’s eighth big broadcast of “The Ghost of Frankenstein” (1942) on Me-TV. He previously showcased “The Ghost of Frankenstein” (1942) back in July 2011*, March 2012*, Nov. 2012*, Nov. 2013, Dec. 2014, Nov. 2016 and Jan. 2019. Sven also previously aired “The Ghost of Frankenstein” on his hometown television station, WCIU-TV/”The U” in 2007.
Who appeared in “The Ghost of Frankenstein” (1942)?
The players who appeared in Kenton’s 1942 Universal “Frankenstein” monster entry were Lon Chaney Jr. (as Frankenstein’s monster; the junior Chaney previously appeared in the title role of Larry “Wolf Man” Talbot in George Waggner’s landmark 1941 Universal monster production of “The Wolf Man,” Lon Chaney Jr. later reprised his role of Frankenstein’s monster in the 1951 “Colgate Comedy Hour” TV episode with Bud Abbott and Lou Costello and the 1952 episode of “Tales of Tomorrow,” titled “Frankenstein”), Bela Lugosi (as Ygor; Lugosi previously appeared in the role of Ygor in Rowland V. Lee’s 1939 Universal “Frankenstein” monster production, “Son of Frankenstein;” Ygor was one of Lugosi’s other recognizable film roles in addition to his landmark role of Count Dracula in the 1931 Universal adaptation of “Dracula” and the 1948 Universal monster-comedy farce, “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” ), Evelyn Ankers(as Elsa Frankenstein), Sir Cedric Hardwicke (in the dual roles of Ludwig Frankenstein and the ghost of Henry Frankenstein), Ralph Bellamy (as Erik Ernst), Lionel Atwill (as Dr. Theodore Bohmer), Dwight Frye (in an uncredited role as a villager), Doris Lloyd (as Martha), Leyland Hodgson (as the chief constable), Janet Ann Gallow (as Cloestine Hussman) Holmes Herbert (as the magistrate), Olaf Hytten (as Hussman) and Barton Yarborough (as Dr. Kettering).