Once in a great while a truly remarkable
screen production comes along that leaves its
stamp of impression on our memory.
Universal in producing "Frankenstein" has
such a picture. From the standpoint of the
story, cast, direction and photography the
picture is sure to rate with the greatest in
picturedom. It is one of those weird and
gruesome stories that brings shrieks and
ejaculations from the feminine fans and
sends a cold shiver up the spines of the
sterner sex. It is a familiar tale about a young
scientist who creates a monster which
overpowers him and despite his desperate
effort to tame it, the horrible creature escapes
and becomes the terror of the countryside,
attacking and killing any human who comes
its way. Only by fire is it finally destroyed. Colin
Clive as Frankenstein, the young scientist,
and Boris Karloff as the monster are the chief
characters audiences won't forget so easily
because of their remarkable performances.
Karloff evinces the possibilities of becoming a
successor to Lon Chaney.
Advertise this as a thrill
shocker. Every star is a bet. Use large cut-outs
of "The Monster" in your lobby. Arouse public
curiosity by stating: "To have seen
`Frankenstein' is to wear a badge of courage."
Reel Journal, Dec., 1931
Universal 67 mins.