Frankenstein | Chicago Reader


Mary Shelley's modern Prometheus story is altered (giving the monster the brain of a madman) to produce one of the most deservedly famous and chilling horror films of all time (1931). Boris Karloff as the monster and James Whale's direction (he was to top himself with Bride of Frankenstein four years later) combine to create an effectively frightful mood. Even after all these years, it's still not all that camp or funny. With Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, John Boles, Edward Van Sloan, and Dwight Frye.



  • James Whale


  • Boris Karloff
  • Colin Clive
  • Mae Clarke
  • John Boles
  • Edward Van Sloan
  • Dwight Frye
  • Frederick Kerr
  • Lionel Belmore
  • Michael Mark
  • Arletta Duncan
  • Pauline Moore
  • Francis Ford


  • Mary Shelley
  • Peggy Webling
  • John Balderston
  • Francis Faragoh


  • Carl Laemmle Jr.

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