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Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)

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The fifth film in Universal's "Frankenstein" series goes for the box-office gold by combining two--count 'em, two!--of the studio's star monsters. We all thought that Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr.), alias The Wolf Man, had been shot dead in his own starring film in 1941, but the opening scenes of Frankenstein vs. the Wolf Man prove us incorrect. Brought back to the land of the living, the anguished Talbot commiserates with gypsy lady Maria Ouspenskaya, who advises him that the only way he'll stay dead is to confer with Dr. Frankenstein. The good doctor has passed on, but his equipment is intact. With the help of scientist Patric Knowles and Frankenstein descendant Ilona Massey, Talbot attempts to have the life forces sucked from his body and transferred to that of Frankenstein's monster. The latter character is played by Bela Lugosi, who'd turned the same role down in 1931 because he felt it was beneath his dignity. By 1943, however, Lugosi was in no position to refuse the part of the lumbering monster. The actor was relieved to learn that the monster would have the power of speech, a leftover from 1942's Ghost of Frankenstein; likewise held over from that previous film was the monster's blindness, which would give Lugosi an opportunity to do some swell sightless emoting. But when the preview audience heard the Monster bemoaning his fate in Lugosi's voice, they laughed till they cried. As a result, Universal ordered that all of Lugosi's dialogue be cut. Worse still, the studio also cut all expository dialogue alluding to the monster's blindness, so the film as it stands finds poor Lugosi flailing about with his eyes closed for no apparent reason. At least Lon Chaney Jr. was permitted to portray his Wolfman character without molestation, and this he does very well. So successful was this "monster rally" that Universal rapidly concocted two follow-ups, House of Frankenstein and House of Dracula, both of which added Dracula (John Carradine) to the witches' brew.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Horror, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Curt Siodmak
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 29, 2005
Runtime:
MCA Universal Home Video

Cast

Lon Chaney Jr
as The Wolf Man/Lawrenc...
Bela Lugosi
as The Monster
Ilona Massey
as Baroness Elsa Franke...
Patric Knowles
as Dr. Frank Mannering
Dennis Hoey
as Inspector Owen
Don Barclay
as Franzec
Rex Evans
as Vazec
Martha Vickers
as Little Girl
Doris Lloyd
as Hospital Nurse
Jeff Corey
as Crypt Keeper
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Critic Reviews for Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Middling Universal horror fodder, at best.

Full Review… | November 2, 2014
Cinema Crazed

As a kid, I enjoyed this movie much more than I do as an adult. ALL those great Universal monsters in a single film. Even Dracula shows up. But, these days, FMWM seems contrived and dull.

Full Review… | October 26, 2014
Movie Chambers

Pretty much the end of Universal's horror line as a home for even the vaguest kind of serious filmmaking.

Full Review… | October 29, 2009
Antagony & Ecstasy

"The last great Universal Frankenstein movie, despite the overstuffed title."

September 27, 2005
MetroActive

Audience Reviews for Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man

½

Pretty good sequels, not the best, but still worth seeing.

ajv2688
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Enjoyable old Universal Studios sequel with Lon Chaney, Jr. reprising his role as Larry Talbot (aka The Wolf Man). Bela Lugosi is less than spectacular as Frankenstein's monster but that may have more to do with Boris Karloff's absence than Lugosi's presence.

flixsterman
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Fairly mediocre. still, the atmosphere of universal pictures horror classics and two of its greatest monsters face-to-face is what saves it. good to see Lugosi playing the monster he once refused to incarnate.

pier007
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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