Bride of Frankenstein Overview:

Bride of Frankenstein (1935) was a Horror - Science Fiction Film directed by James Whale and produced by Carl Laemmle Jr..


A sequel that surpasses the debut of the classic Frankenstein (and predecessor to The House of Frankenstein, 1944). Having escaped the fiery castle that threatened to engulf him at the end of the 1931 horror classic, the monster is back. And he's better than ever - more civilized, more human. He's even learned to speak a few words. Henry Frankenstein, the monster's creator, tries to put his evil ways behind him. But Dr. Pretorious draws him back into the mad-scientist business by convincing Henry that he knows what the Monster really needs - a mate (Lanchester). The original Variety review noted that 17 minutes were deleted from the film between the 90-minute preview print and the 73-minute release version. Consequently, some cuts of the film may run as long as 90 minutes. Frequently missing from prints of The Bride of Frankenstein are the murder of the burgomaster by Frankenstein's Monster and pieces of the prologue featuring Lanchester as Mary Shelley. The burgomaster sequence is often cut because of the negative light it shines on the Monster. The Bride of Frankenstein was remade in 1985 as The Bride, with Sting as Frankenstein and Jennifer Beals as the Bride.

(Source: available at Amazon AMC Classic Movie Companion).


Bride of Frankenstein was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1998.

BlogHub Articles:

THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN Original Soundtrack Recording On CD

By Dan Day, Jr. on Oct 24, 2019 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

La-La Land Records has released a CD of original soundtrack music from THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN as part of the Universal Pictures Film Music Heritage Collection. It is not the complete original soundtrack--according to the liner notes only about 35 minutes of the score exist--but it is more than en... Read full article

Ticklish Business Episode 8: Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

on Oct 21, 2016 From Journeys in Classic Film

In the first of my two-part look at the first three Universal Frankenstein films, guest host Todd Liebenow and I discuss James Whale’s Monster, as played by Boris Karloff. We look at the film’s subtext, how it worked in regards to the Hollywood Production Code, and more. I know it sounds... Read full article

The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

on Oct 6, 2016 From Journeys in Classic Film

Originally published October 27th, 2012 I had originally planned to review the TCM/Fathom events double feature of Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein but ended up missing out on it. ?In the interest of time I figured best just to review the film I hadn’t already seen, The Bride of Fran... Read full article

Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

By smumcountry on Jun 27, 2016 From Smum County

June 27, 2016 by smumcounty Few film sequels can claim to be better than their originals. Now that I think of it, almost none can claim that with certainty. Although one can argue the merits of ?The Godfather? (1972) versus ?The Godfather Part II? or ?Bill & Ted?s Excellent Adventure? (1989) ver... Read full article

1001 Classic Movies: The Bride of Frankenstein

By Amanda Garrett on Jun 20, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), starring Elsa Lanchester, is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. Each Monday, I'm going to recommend a classic movie you should see (for the reasons behind the 1001 series and reviews of earlier films covered go here). June is the traditional month for w... Read full article

See all Bride of Frankenstein articles

Quotes from

Karl: Whataya say, pal, let's give ourselves up and let 'em hang us. This is no life for murderers.

Karl: The kites! The kites! Get 'em ready! He wants the kites!

[repeated line]
The Monster: Friend, friend.

read more quotes from Bride of Frankenstein...

Facts about

The musical soundtrack for this film proved so popular, it was used again in the Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers serials starring Buster Crabbe.
Editing after previews resulted in the loss of a subplot in which Karl imitates the Monster's murderous modus operandi to eliminate his miserly aunt and uncle and direct the blame away from himself.
Elsa Lanchester never receives on screen credit as "The Bride". The character is listed as being played by "?".
read more facts about Bride of Frankenstein...
Share this page:
Visit the Classic Movie Hub Blog CMH
National Film Registry

Bride of Frankenstein

Released 1935
Inducted 1998

See All Films in National Registry >>
Also directed by James Whale

More about James Whale >>
Also produced by Carl Laemmle Jr.

More about Carl Laemmle Jr. >>
Related Lists
Create a list

See All Related Lists >>
Also released in 1935

See All 1935 films >>
More "Monster" films

See All "Monster" films >>
More "Mad Scientists" films

See All "Mad Scientists" films >>