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


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?


Ygor: After faking a coughing fit and pointing to his broken neck: "I'm sorry. I cough. You see, bone get stuck in throat!"


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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.
The name of the town where the action takes place is "Goldstadt" in the first two films in the series, Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein. Here it is called "Frankenstein." In the two subsequent films, the stories would take place in another fictional town, "Vasaria" (or "Visaria").
Despite his frequent appearances in horror films, Basil Rathbone had a particular disdain for them. This is likely the reason for his 'over the top' performance. (Source: 'Universal Studios Monsters: A Legacy of Horror' by Michael Mallory")
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