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Classic Universal Monster-Horror sequel.,
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FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLFMAN 1943 Region 2 DVD 2011
Back in the 1980s I replaced most of my collection of 8mm movies with VHS and now I am going through a same process of upgrading everything to DVD. This also gives me the excuse to revisit films which I have not seen for some time.
FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLFMAN was sequel to `The Wolfman' and was the fifth in the Frankenstein follow on films picking up where `The Ghost of Frankenstein' left off. The role of Larry Talbot (The Wolf Man) is reprised by Lon Chaney Jr.; who is accidentally resurrected by grave robbers and goes in search of a cure for his lycanthropic infliction and seeks aid from Dr. Mannering, Patric Knowles, and together they go in search of the ruined castle of Dr Frankenstein where Knowles intends to bring Frankenstein's monster back to life. For this outing Universal Studios cast Bela Lugosi as the monster, the part that he had famously turned down in 1931. It had been intended that the monster was to have dialogue in the movie but after the first rushes Lugosi's voice was cut from the sound track as the actor's Hungarian accent did not fit the character of the monster already personified by Karloff's 1931 performance. Lon Chaney Jr. plays his part well, a tormented Talbot and an energetic and menacing werewolf, but Lugosi's almost brief appearance does not have the same appeal as Boris Karloff's performance. The supporting cast are all Universal contract players including Dwight Fry and Lionel Atwill, both veterans of earlier Frankenstein/Dracula/Wolf Man movies.
One must always view the Universal monster-horror movies of the 1930's and 1940 in the context of their era; they are absolute classic movies with a charm and atmosphere which is completely different to any films of the genre which came later, which I have found over the years can be watched time and time again. I guess they are in the category of either you love `em or hate `em but either way they are pure entertainment. Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man is perhaps not the best Universal offering, maybe because the title preceded the screen play; screenwriter Siodmak tells the story that he had joked to producer George Waggner over lunch that he had a great title for a new film as he need the cash for a new car, "Frankenstein Wolfs The Meatman" . Waggner, not known for a his sense of humor, later called Siodmak to his office, telling him to "Change the title to Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman -- and go ahead, buy the car." But it is still an enjoyable viewing experience and for me is a necessary and welcome part of my collection.