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Son of Frankenstein (1939)

aka Son of Frankenstein

"The black shadows of the past bred this half-man . . . half-demon ! . . . creating a new and terrible juggernaut of destruction !"

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Details: 99 mins · English

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Cast:

Small Baron Wolf von Frankenstein
Small Frankenstein's monster
Small Ygor
Small Krogh
Small Elsa von Frankenstein
No_movie_poster Peter von Frankenstein
No_movie_poster Amelia
No_movie_poster Benson
No_movie_poster Fritz
Small Bürgermeister
No_movie_poster Lang
No_movie_poster Ewald Neumüller
No_movie_poster Mrs. Neumüller
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Small Igor

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No_movie_poster Ted J. Kent Editor
No_movie_poster Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration
No_movie_poster Jack Otterson Co-Art Director
No_movie_poster Vera West Costume Design
Small Mary Shelley Novel
No_movie_poster George Robinson Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Jack P. Pierce Makeup Artist
No_movie_poster Frank Skinner Music
No_movie_poster Rowland V. Lee Director
No_movie_poster Wyllis Cooper Screenplay
No_movie_poster Rowland V. Lee Production

Taglines:

"The black shadows of the past bred this half-man . . . half-demon ! . . . creating a new and terrible juggernaut of destruction !"

Plot:

It's been years since the events of the last movie. Baron Wolf von Frankenstein (Basil Rathbone), son of Henry Frankenstein (creator of the Monster), relocates his wife Elsa (Josephine Hutchinson) and young son Peter (Donnie Dunagan) to the family castle in the eponymous village. Wolf wants to redeem his father's reputation, but finds that such a feat will be harder than he thought after he encounters hostility from the villagers. Aside from his family, Wolf's only friend is the local policeman Inspector Krogh (Lionel Atwill) who bears an artificial arm, his real arm having been "ripped out by the roots" in an encounter with the Monster as a child.

While investigating his father's castle, Wolf ends up meeting Ygor (Béla Lugosi), a demented blacksmith who has survived a hanging for graverobbing and has a deformed neck as a result. Wolf finds the Monster's comatose body in the crypt where his grandfather and father were buried with the chalk writing on his stone casket stating "Henrich von Frankenstein: Maker of Monsters." He decides to revive it to prove his father was right and to restore honor to his family. Wolf starts out by using the torch to etch out the word "Monsters" on the casket and write "Men" in its place. When the Monster (Boris Karloff) is revived, it only answers Ygor's wishes and commits a series of murders at his command; the victims were all jurors at Ygor's trial. Wolf discovers this and confronts Ygor. Wolf ends up shooting Ygor, and apparently killing him. The Monster finds Ygor's body and abducts Peter as revenge. The Monster cannot bring himself to kill the child, however. When the abduction is discovered, Krogh and Wolf pursue the Monster to the nearby laboratory, where a struggle ensues, during which the Monster tears out Krogh's false arm. Wolf swings on a rope and knocks the Monster into a molten sulphur pit under the laboratory, saving his son.

The film ends with the village turning out to cheer the Frankenstein family as they leave by train. We also see Krogh has a new false arm. Wolf leaves the keys to Frankenstein's Castle to the villagers.

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