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The Bride of Frankenstein 1935

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Universal's Bride of Frankenstein was released this day in 1935. The movie is quintessential Universal Monster; ahead of its time (in some ways so much so that they had to change a line or two), and a score which enhances one's viewing by giving each character their own sound. Directed by the legendary James Whale, this film is a must-see for any lover of classic horror.

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  1. JustJimAZ's Avatar
    I'm curious what had to be changed? I never heard about that before.
  2. nightbeasties's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JustJimAZ
    I'm curious what had to be changed? I never heard about that before.

    Oh my- I am so sorry! I never saw this comment until now. I'm not on the forum much the last couple years, and I wasn't notified of it.

    In case you're still wondering, however- in the documentary, "She's Alive! Creating the Bride of Frankenstein" there's a discussion of the script, and how the original script had to be submitted like all films to a governing body, and several changes had to be made. For instance, they had to cut a number of minutes from the prologue scene so as to not show Elsa (as Mary Shelly) Lanchester's bustline.

    And there is a scene in which Doctor Pretorious is saying the following line:

    "Leave the charnel house and follow the lead of Nature - or of God if you like your Bible stories. Male and Female created He them. Be fruitful and multiply. Create a race, a man-made race upon the face of the earth. Why not?"

    But the original script called for "-if you beleive in fairy tales." And was deemed nearly blasphemy, and therefore changed. The documentary, which is included on a couple different BoF dvds, mentions more, and is well worth a watch if you can find it.
  3. JustJimAZ's Avatar
    Interesting. Thanks!