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House of Frankenstein (1944)

Passed | | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi | 1 December 1944 (USA)
An evil scientist and his hunchbacked assistant escape from prison and encounter Dracula, the Wolf Man and Frankenstein's Monster.

Director:

Erle C. Kenton

Writers:

Edward T. Lowe Jr. (screenplay) (as Edward T. Lowe), Curt Siodmak (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Boris Karloff ... Doctor Niemann
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Larry Talbot (as Lon Chaney)
J. Carrol Naish ... Daniel
John Carradine ... Dracula aka Baron Latos
Anne Gwynne ... Rita Hussman
Peter Coe ... Carl Hussman
Lionel Atwill ... Inspector Arnz
George Zucco ... Professor Bruno Lampini
Elena Verdugo ... Ilonka
Sig Ruman ... Hussman
William Edmunds William Edmunds ... Fejos
Charles Miller Charles Miller ... Burgomaster Toberman
Philip Van Zandt ... Inspector Muller
Julius Tannen ... Hertz
Hans Herbert Hans Herbert ... Meier
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Storyline

After escaping from an asylum the mad Dr. Niemann and his hunch back assistant revive Count Dracula, the Wolf Man and the Frankenstein monster in order to extract revenge upon their many enemies. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chamber of Horrors See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the scenes he had with John Carradine, Peter Coe described in an interview how Carradine found ways to upstage him and steal the scene. After Coe confronted and threatened him if it happened again, he said John Carradine became more co-operative and professional. See more »

Goofs

When Talbot leaves the ice cave to search for Dr. Frankenstein's records, he has neither socks nor shoes on. But when he enters the next room, where the records are hidden, he's suddenly wearing shoes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Gustav Niemann: Now will you give me my chalk?
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A segment of this film was released to the 8mm home movie market by Castle Films, under the title Doom of Dracula. See more »


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Gypsy Tantrums
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Music by Max Rapp and Milton Rosen
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There goes the neighborhood!
12 August 1999 | by evilskipSee all my reviews

In 1943 Universal teamed up Frankenstein and the Wolfman and made a fortune. So the theory was if the public loved 2 monsters, let's toss five at them!!Strangely enough this works.

The mad doctor Niemann(Boris Karloff) and his hunchback assistant are locked in prison. Seems the old doc was doing some rather frowned upon experiments. A convenient lightning bolt destroys the prison walls and the doctor and his hunchback escape.

They are picked up by Lampini's travelling sideshow.The hunchback kills the owner and the doctor takes his place. They head to the town that vilified the mad doctor years before.

Without giving too much away the doctor stumbles upon Dracula(John Carradine),Wolfman (Lon Chaney) & the Frankenstein Monster (Glenn Strange).They all figure into his plot of revenge against the men who sent him to prison.

This movie has a wonderful sense of lunacy to it.Boris gives a fine performance as Niemann.Carradine gives his first portrayal of Dracula. (Always found him to be extremely hammy).Chaney of course gives a tortured air to Larry Talbot, the Wolfman.

Many critics felt that too many monsters spoiled the brew.But Dracula & the Monster are really nothing more than extended cameos.If you sit back and just enjoy the ride the movie accomplishes what it set out to do and that is just entertain. Gets an 8.


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