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Son of Frankenstein (1939)




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The most elaborate of Universal's Frankenstein series, this film represents Boris Karloff's last appearance in the role of the Monster. The title character is played by Basil Rathbone, who with wife Josephine Hutchinson and son Donnie Donegan returns to the Old Country to take over his late father's estate.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Horror, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Willis Cooper
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 29, 2005
MCA Universal Home Video


Basil Rathbone
as Baron Wolf von Frank...
Boris Karloff
as The Monster
Lionel Atwill
as Inspector Krogh
Josephine Hutchinson
as Elsa von Frankenstei...
Donnie Dunagan
as Peter von Frankenste...
Emma Dunn
as Amelia
Edgar Norton
as Thomas Benson
Lawrence Grant
as Burgomaster
Lionel Belmore
as Emil Lang
Michael Mark
as Ewald Neumuller
Caroline Cooke
as Frau Neumuller
Edward Cassidy
as Dr. Berger
Tom Ricketts
as Burgher
Harry Cording
as Bearded Gendarme
Ward Bond
as Gendarme at Gate
Dwight Frye
as Villager
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Critic Reviews for Son of Frankenstein

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (3)

Well mounted, nicely directed, and includes cast of capable artists.

Full Review… | September 23, 2007
Top Critic

A strangely literary and leisurely monster movie, laced with amusing gothic doodles.

Full Review… | September 23, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The set, shot in a style reminiscent of the German Expressionist classics, is superb.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Basil Rathbone plays the title role in this average horror flick about reviving the creature for a second time.

Full Review… | October 26, 2014
Movie Chambers

A surprisingly good effort to extend the narrative of the first two films in a manner both intelligent and likely.

Full Review… | October 26, 2009
Antagony & Ecstasy

Boasts some stunning set design by Russell Gausman, a good script, and a magnificent cast.

Full Review… | September 23, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Son of Frankenstein


Repeating the sins of the father is an overriding theme in ‚~Son of Frankenstein‚(TM) and the film doesn‚(TM)t tread lightly around it. Trying to tame and domesticate the inherently feral and wild is a futile enterprise as Wolf Frankenstein (Basil Rathbone) unearths in this rousing, unexpectedly character-driven sequel that doesn‚(TM)t bastardize the films that came before it. Karloff is still an inimitable silent actor since he must gesture and flail to convey the monster‚(TM)s self-hatred. For example, when the monster is awoken, he stares into the mirror and acts predatory until the tragic revelation that he is looking at his own reflection. However, the film is plundered outright by Bela Lugosi‚(TM)s scenery-chewing as Ygor, Frankenstein‚(TM)s deformed assistant. Lugosi is insidiously creepy and manipulative by using Wolf‚(TM)s scientific curiosity to his revenge agenda. The townspeople‚(TM)s sudden change-of-heart in the third act is a lazy deus ex machine but otherwise this is a judicious, absorbing rebound for the Universal monster.

Cory Taylor
Cory Taylor

Super Reviewer

In spite of great casting, without James Whale at the helm the overall result is campy and less artful. Not a horrible film but not in the same league as Whale's Frankenstein or Bride of Frankenstein.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


This movie has a fantastic cast, an interesting story, and a classic monster, but it could have been a better movie. Still, I enjoyed it mostly.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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