Image of the Day: The Girl (in the Castle) Next Door

on November 16, 2010 by Steve Simels

Monster's mate Elsa Lanchester does a final adjustment on her eye makeup before her coming out party in Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale, 1935).

I'm assuming this was a goof photo from an otherwise serious makeup test or studio still session at Universal (and Lanchester HATED working with Universal make-up genius Jack Pierce).

But strictly on its own terms, it's one of the most astounding glam shots from the Golden Age I've ever seen.

As Gloria Swanson says in Sunset Boulevard -- they had faces then.

Tags: Bride of Frankenstein, Elsa Lanchester, James Whale

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