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The Ghost of Frankenstein / Son of Frankenstein (Universal Studios Frankenstein Double Feature) (1939)

Jr. Lon Chaney , Basil Rathbone , Erle C. Kenton , Rowland V. Lee  |  NR |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Jr. Lon Chaney, Basil Rathbone, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Boris Karloff, Ralph Bellamy
  • Directors: Erle C. Kenton, Rowland V. Lee
  • Writers: Willis Cooper
  • Producers: Rowland V. Lee
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 168 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LC4L
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,599 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Ghost of Frankenstein / Son of Frankenstein (Universal Studios Frankenstein Double Feature)" on IMDb

Special Features

Disc 1 - The Ghost of Frankenstein:
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Production Notes
  • Cast and Filmmakers


  • Disc 1 - Son of Frankenstein:
  • Production Notes
  • Cast and Filmmakers

  • Editorial Reviews

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    Son of Frankenstein Basil Rathbone comes to Transylvania to inherit his father's estate in this second sequel to Frankenstein. The townspeople are suspicious, but young Frankenstein has no interest in reviving his father's work--until he discovers the monster hidden away in the castle, inert but very much intact and watched over by Ygor (Bela Lugosi), a sinister, snaggletoothed peasant with a broken neck. Convinced to revive the creature and vindicate his father's name, Frankenstein toils away in the lab not realizing that Ygor plans to use the monster to revenge himself on the jury that sentenced him to hang. Boris Karloff makes his final appearance as the Monster, now little more than a mute, lumbering robot under the hypnotic control of Ygor. Rathbone is a dignified, suave scientist and a marvelous match to Lugosi's mad Ygor, a richly malevolent performance that dominates the film. Lionel Atwill makes a marvelous addition to the Frankenstein gallery as the wooden-armed constable, a legacy of the monster's rampage 25 years before. (Mel Brooks's loving lampoon Young Frankenstein, a veritable remake of this film, features the constable and his lumber limb in a major role.) Universal abandoned horror films in 1936, but the success of this sequel single-handedly revived the genre. Though lacking the gothic splendor and macabre humor of James Whale's originals, Rowland V. Lee's handsome production remains an intelligent, well-made classic of the genre and Universal's last great horror film. Lugosi returns as Ygor in The Ghost of Frankenstein.

    The Ghost of Frankenstein The monster lives! Again! Picking up where Son of Frankenstein left off, Bela Lugosi's gnarled Ygor survives yet another rampage by angry, torch-carrying villagers and frees the monster (The Wolf Man himself, Lon Chaney Jr., taking over from Boris Karloff) from his sulfur grave. The latest cinematic Frankenstein scion, brain surgeon Ludwig (Cedric Hardwicke), wants to dissect the creature, but the ghost of his father convinces him to save it by giving it a new, "good" brain. Ygor has his own devious plan and enlists Ludwig's shady assistant (Lionel Atwill) in a brain-switching scheme.

    Ably directed by the pedestrian Erle C. Kenton, The Ghost of Frankenstein gives up the gothic mood and moral quandaries of the original films for the busy, action-packed plots that defined Universal horror films of the 1940s. The human characters are all rather dull (except for Lugosi's animated, eye-rolling performance), and Chaney has none of Karloff's pathos or subtlety under the make-up, but the film opens with a spectacular bang as the villagers dynamite the castle, and skips from one inspired scene to another. The monster rejuvenates himself during an electrical storm with a jolt of lightning, mutely undergoes a courtroom cross-examination (by a ridiculously intent Ralph Bellamy), and finally goes on a blind rampage in the fiery climax. Frankenstein's monster returns (this time with Lugosi as the creature) in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man. --Sean Axmaker

    Product Description

    The Ghost of Frankenstein Perhaps the last creation of the classic horror film era, The Ghost of Frankenstein delights fans with its sly humor and deliciously mischievous portrayals - Lon Chaney, Jr. as the monster, Sir Cedric Hardwicke as the twisted son of Dr. Frankenstein, and Bela Lugosi as Frankenstein's dutiful assistant, Ygor. Frankenstein's unscrupulous colleague, Dr. Bohmer (Lionel Atwill), plots to transplant Ygor's brain so he can rule the world using the monster's body, but the plan goes sour when the monster turns malevolent and goes on a rampage. Son of Frankenstein Praised by critics as one of the best of the Frankenstein series, Son of Frankenstein stars Boris Karloff in the role that made him a screen legend. Returning to the ancestral castle 25 years after the death of the monsters, the son of Dr. Frankenstein (Basil Rathbone) meets Ygor (Bela Lugosi), a mad shepherd who is hiding the comatose creature. Hoping to clear the family name, he revives the creature and tries to rehabilitate him. His noble goals are dashed when Ygor sends the creature on a killing spree that spreads new panic in the village.

    Customer Reviews

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    18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Obsessed! December 6, 2002
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    I have owned these films on video for years and occasionally pop them in the VCR to revisit my childhood. I grew up watching these movies and consider them a staple of my childhood. It is nice to own them on DVD because, as we all know, videos can get worn over the years. The picture clarity on the double-feature DVD is a giant step above the video renditions. A lot of the junk on the screen in the video version of Son is cleaned up, but the picture is darker. Overall, the transitions are very good, with the exception of a slight cut in Son. In the part when Basil Rathbone learns from his young son that he was visited by a "giant," the good doctor runs to his laboratory looking for evidence of the monster or Ygor. He goes to the tomb where his father and grandfather are buried during his search and finds nothing. The slight cut occurs when Rathbone climbs up a ladder from the tomb back into the lab. There's not much missing, we just don't see him crawlng through the floor. In the video version, we do see Rathbone climbing onto the floor. I know this is a minor concern, but it doesn't make sense why this is missing when it exists on the video version. Asfor Ghost, it has never looked better.There's something special about the Universal horror films of the 30s and 40s that I believe will endure throughout the 21st century. Regarding these two gems, Bela Lugosi's role as Ygor is unquestionably his finest performance, even more so than Dracula. He dominates both films. I'm certain that if Universal would have kept his dialogue in Frankensten Meets the Wolfman, his performance would have dominated that film, as well. I plan on getting that film on DVD - which is coupled with House of Frankenstein - but I understand it doesn't contain any new scenes where the monster speaks. Read more ›
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    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Universal Classics September 3, 2001
    By Ned
    I have been a fan of the Universal monsters for as long as I can remember. These movies give us a chance to see some of the greatest actors of the Universal horror era (e.g., Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr., Lionel Atwill, Sir Cedwick Harwicke to mention a few.)
    In the Son of Frankenstein (sequel to Bride of Frankenstein), we see Karloff's last performance as the Frankenstein monster but as in Frankenstein and Bride of, he gives a great performance. I wonder how the series may have been if Karloff had continued in the monster's role. Basil Rathbone is the son trying to vindicate his father's name, but Ygor, played by Bela Lugosi, has other plans.
    In the Ghost of Frankenstein (sequel to Son of Frankenstein), Lon Chaney Jr. plays the Frankenstein monster and Bela Lugosi again plays Ygor and both are superb in their roles. It picks up where the Frankenstein monster is discovered in the sulphur pits. Sir Cedric Harwicke wants to dissect the monster but is convince by his father's ghost to continue with his work. The sequel is Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man.
    It is fanatic to have these movies on DVD.
    Try watching these movies on a late stormy night.
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    11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great films, great prints, annoying authoring September 22, 2001
    By Surfink
    Little need be said here to convince you to buy this disc if you grew up watching these on TV horror shows like I did (and assembling the model kits, buying the mags, they were called mags then, etc.) If you're new to the Universal classics all I can say is what are you waiting for? Universal is thankfully giving us the lesser titles as two-fors, so it really makes buying them just about irresistable. OK, so Son and Ghost are on the downhill slide after the peak of Bride, but still far more entertaining and well-made (particularly Son) than what typically passes for a movie now. And if you're a fan of Young Frankenstein, Son is an absolute must-see. You can find out all about the movies a million other places so I'm talking about the DVD.
    First, the good news. The prints look spectacular, even better than those used on the previous VHS editions. I don't know if it's just the increased resolution of DVD or if they did some additional work on the prints, but they are so much richer and detailed than the pre-records it's just stunning. Not to mention that my VHS copy of Son in particular is riddled with dropouts.
    The extras are minimal, including chapter stops, talent bios, and a trailer for Ghost (Son's trailer is mysteriously missing). What annoys me about this DVD though, and keeps it from a five star review, is the irritating and self-serving way Universal has structured the disc. What I mean is that, besides the obligatory WARNING screen that we're now all forced to sit through when we pop in a DVD, on this disc when you press the onscreen "Play the Movie" button, you're also forced to sit through over a minute of Universal's marketing twaddle before the actual movie starts.
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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars "Son"--4 stars; "Ghost"--2 stars September 14, 2006
    "Son of Frankenstein" is the better of these two sequels by far. Although the level of storytelling has begun a definite descent from the heights of "Bride," the production is still buoyed by excellent performances by distinguished Universal stalwarts of the period. Karloff, in his last appearance as the Monster, is given shamefully little to do. Bela Lugosi, however, excels as the cheerfully wicked Ygor. Basil Rathbone adds a touch of class as Wolf von Frankenstein, and Lionel Atwill steals scenes as Inspector Krogh, whose encounter with the Monster as a child left him with an artificial arm.

    "Ghost of Frankenstein" totally coasts on the strength of the Frankenstein magic. If you're like me, you'll be entertained just because it's an old Universal Frankenstein movie, but it really does very little on its own to deliver that entertainment value. Lugosi is still great as Ygor, but Lon Chaney, Jr. projects none of the personality and pathos of Karloff--although, admittedly, the screenplay gives him little opportunity to do so. The plot is too busy, full of dull characters running in and out of secret passages with torches and ending with the obligatory explosion while the obligatory boring young lovers sigh in each others arms.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    3.0 out of 5 stars The Ghost of Frankenstein / Son of Frankenstein (Universal Studios...
    By the time Hollywood got around to making "Son of Frankenstein" the series might have been considered complete, however, Hollywood knows a good thing when the coffers keep... Read more
    Published 7 days ago by Chris B
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great
    This was added to my Universal Horror movies from the 1940's. Very enteraining. I will be ordering more movies from that era at a later date.
    Published 4 months ago by Dennis Geary
    5.0 out of 5 stars 2 Great additions to the Frankenstein saga
    I am amazed that I have missed so many of the Frankenstein movies.
    These are two good ones. Sorry it took me so long to see them. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Scott M.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Son/Ghost of Frankenstein
    These are part of the Shock movie packaged released to large Television networks in the late 1950's. Copy is crystal clear, and packaging great. Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Adam J DiStanisloa
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Ghost of Frankenstein / Son of Frankenstein
    Purchased for a Christmas gift for my husband who is a big fan of old monster movies. I purchased four dvd's all together to complete the collection. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Penny
    5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied Monster Man
    The subject matter says it all--two of Hollywood's all-time classic horror flics simply cannot be denied. Can't believe I've waited this long to own this bodacious duo. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Mike Mueller
    4.0 out of 5 stars it's okay
    It's a good movie but not a great movie. As far as horror movies go it's good. As far as classic horror movies go, it's camp..
    Published 8 months ago by James E Spencer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic horror movie!!!!!
    classic horror movie, can't miss with the old horror movies. I really enjoy these films!!!!!!!!

    Basil Rathbone was great a great actor, you will enjoy!!!!
    Published 8 months ago by DJKSCOBRA
    4.0 out of 5 stars Two Superior Frankenstein sequels
    Son of Frankenstein was the second sequel to the Frankenstein series. Bela Lugosi plays a vindictive Ygor, an escaped felon who wants to use the Frankenstein Monster to get... Read more
    Published 9 months ago by Jaime Contreras
    5.0 out of 5 stars Old scare flicks are fun
    I sat down and watched all the Frankenstein movies in order and loved everyone of them. Great acting by Bela Lugosi.
    Published 10 months ago by S.P.C.
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