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Son of Frankenstein (1939) was a Science Fiction - Horror Film directed by Rowland V. Lee and produced by Rowland V. Lee.

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Watching 1939: The Son of Frankenstein (1939)

on Oct 4, 2018 From Comet Over Hollywood

In 2011, I announced I was trying to see every film released in 1939. This new series chronicles films released in 1939 as I watch them.?As we start out this blog feature, this section may become more concrete as I search for a common thread that runs throughout each film of the year. Right now, tha... Read full article


Son of Frankenstein (1939) (1)

By Beatrice on Feb 7, 2014 From Flickers in Time

Son of Frankenstein Directed by Rowland V. Lee Written by Wyllis Cooper 1939/USA Universal Pictures First viewing; Netflix rental This does not measure up to the greatness of the first two Universal Frankenstein films but is entertaining and features what may be Bela Lugosi’s very best perfo... Read full article


Son of Frankenstein (1939) (2)

By Emily on Jan 19, 2014 From The Vintage Cameo

The creatures of the night claimed the New Beverly for their own yesterday, as monster fans packed the house for two Frankenstein films, and a chance to see?Karloff and Lugosi in person. It wasn’t the famous actors themselves who were appearing, of course, but rather, their offspring–Sar... Read full article


Son of Frankenstein and Tower of London

By Neve on Apr 1, 2013 From The Baz

I thought I’d talk briefly about two movies – SON OF FRANKENSTEIN and TOWER OF LONDON – the Baz made for Universal between November 1938 and October 1939. The quotations are courtesy of Cinegeek.

?In the scene where Bela slowly tells Basil ?He does things for me? and there I... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: SON OF FRANKENSTEIN (1939)

By Jennifer Garlen on Oct 12, 2012 From Virtual Virago

After the success of Frankenstein (1931) and The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), it’s not really a surprise that Universal would continue the series with a third film, although Son of Frankenstein (1939) takes us forward in time to the next generation of the famously doomed family. Boris Karloff... Read full article


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Elsa von Frankenstein: What a dreadful storm and awful lightening.
Baron Wolf von Frankenstein: It's magnificent. Nothing in nature is terrifying when one understands it. Darling, my father drew that very lightening from heaven and forced it for his own will to bring life to a being he created with his own hands. Why should we fear anything?


Baron Wolf von Frankenstein: It appears that my father thought that he could extract from lightning some super-violet ray of life-giving properties.


Baron Wolf von Frankenstein: My son, herein lies my faiths, my beliefs and my unfoldments. A complete diary of my experiments, charts and secret formulas. In short, the sum total of my knowledge, such as it is. Perhaps you will regard my work with ridicule or even with a distaste. If so, destroy these records. But if you like me burn with the irresistable desire to penetrate the unknown, carry on. The path is cruel and torturous, carry on. I put secret after truth, you will be hated, blasphemed and condemned. You have inherited the fortune of the Frankensteins, I trust you will not inherit their fate.


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Both Claude Rains and Peter Lorre reportedly were considered for the role of Wolf von Frankenstein; Lorre's casting was publicly announced.
Due to the lack of a prepared script, much of the picture was written just moments before the actors were to shoot their scenes. This was how director Rowland V. Lee was able to keep Bela Lugosi working throughout filming, and built up the role of Ygor, which never appeared in the original Willis Cooper screenplay. The actor was forever grateful to Lee for allowing him to create what turned out to be one of his very best characterizations. After many delays, shooting finally started November 9, 1938, finishing January 5, 1939, just days before its prescribed release date of January 13. Boris Karloff's daughter was born on his 51st birthday, November 23, 1938.
At 99 minutes this was the longest English-language film in the classic Universal horror series (the Spanish version of Dracula Drácula was about five minutes longer). Most of the films had running times of less than 80 minutes, which served to increase the number of showings possible in theaters.
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