Bride of Frankenstein

1935

Dr. Frankenstein and his monster both turn out to be alive, not killed as previously believed.  Dr. Frankenstein wants to get out of the evil experiment business, but when a mad scientist, Dr. Pretorius, kidnaps his wife, Dr. Frankenstein agrees to help him create a new creature, a woman, to be the companion of the monster.

Cast:
Boris Karloff .... The Monster
Colin Clive .... Dr. Henry Frankenstein
Valerie Hobson .. Elizabeth Frankenstein
Elsa Lanchester .... Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley/The Monster's Mate
Ernest Thesiger .... Dr. Pretorius
Gavin Gordon .... Lord Byron
Douglas Walton .... Percy Shelley
Una O'Connor .... Minnie
E.E. Clive .... Burgermeister
Lucien Prival .... Albert (the butler)
O.P. Heggie .... Hermit
Dwight Frye .... Karl
Reginald Barlow .... Hans
Mary Gordon .... Hans' wife
Anne Darling .... Shepherdess
Ted Billings .... Ludwig

Elsa Lanchester

Elizabeth Lanchester Sullivan was born on 28 October 1902, Lewisham, London, England, UK to very unconventional parents. She studied at the Isadora Duncan school of dance. Elsa married Charles Laughton on February 10, 1929. Although Elsa had a long film and television career, she is best known for her portrayal of the Bride of Frankenstein. This movie marked a horror first, as the star was a woman even though Elsa failed to acheive top billing on the marquee. A consumate actress, she was Oscar nominated for her performances in Come to the Stable (1949, as a dotty artist) and Witness for the Prosecution (1957, as Laughton's exasperated nurse). Other notable performances include The Bell, the Book and the Candle, Blackbeard's Ghost, Mary Poppins, Willard, Terror in the Wax Museum and a great comedy, Murder by Death. No matter what the role, Elsa could always make you like her, the eccentric aunt you would love to have.

Valerie Hobson

Valerie Babette Louise Hobson was born on 14 April 1917 in Larne, County Antrim, Ireland, the daughter British Army officer. Valerie barely begun her studies at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts when, at 16, she was discovered an was signed to a Hollywood contract by Universal pictures, where for a frustrating 12 months she served as a Fay Wray substitute in roles calling for wide-eyed terror. From this experience, she is best known to horror fans for her roles in WereWolf of London (1935), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Rendezvous at Midnight (1935) and the Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935). Valerie was never happy in Scream Queen parts. She soon returned to England where she was offered leading roles that displayed her many charms and talent. Returning to the British film industry in 1936, Hobson developed into one of the most popular and versatile leading ladies in the business. She was a delightful "Nora Charles" type in the 1938 murder mystery This Man is News (1938), and was both sexy and resourceful opposite Conrad Veidt in a brace of espionage thrillers, The Spy in Black (1939) and Contraband (1940). Hobson was seen at her best in her postwar films, notably as the demure lady love of homicidal Dennis Price in Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), the selfish mother of John Howard Davies in The Rocking Horse Winner (1950), and the screwball "professional guest" in the "Ways and Means" episode of the Noel Coward omnibus Tonight at 8:30 (1952). In 1946, Hobson offered an exquisite performance as Estella in David Lean's adaptation of Dickens' Great Expectations; ironically, she had played a smaller role in the 1934 Universal version of the same Dickens novel, but her part had wound up on the cutting room floor. Previously wed to producer Anthony Havelock-Allen, Hobson retired from films in 1954 to marry future British Minister of War John Profumo. She stood by her husband,, after he was involved in the Christine Keeler scandal in the 60s. He was forced to resign as England's minister for war. In her later years, she was devoted to her charity work for those afflicted with leprosy.

Una O'Connor

Una O'Connor was born Agnes Teresa McGlade on 23 October 1880. Irish-born Una O'Connor was one of filmdom's most unforgettable character actresses who held her own against such acting heavyweights as Charles Laughton, Boris Karloff, Tyrone Power, Barbara Stanwyck and Sydney Greenstreet. Beginning her career with Dublin's Abbey Players and extending her activities to the London's West End and Broadway, O'Connor was cast as the socially conscious housekeeper in Noel Coward's 1932 London production Cavalcade; it was this role which brought her to Hollywood in 1933. , She rapidly became a favorite of two prominent directors, James Whale and John Ford, neither of whom were inclined to ask her to tone down her film performances. For Whale, O'Connor screeched her way through two major 1930s horror films, The Invisible Man (1933) and The Bride of Frankenstein (1935); for Ford, O'Connor played the grieving mother of martyred IRA activist Wallace Ford in The Informer (1935) and Mrs. Grogan in The Plough and the Stars (1936). For those detractors who believe that O'Connor never gave a subtle, controlled performance in her life, refer to Lubitsch's Cluny Brown (1946), wherein Ms. O'Connor spoke not a single word as the glowering mother of upper-class twit Richard Haydn. Fourteen years after portraying Charles Laughton's overprotective mother in This Land Is Mine (1943), Una O'Connor once more appeared opposite Laughton in Billy Wilder's "Witness for the Prosecution", a role she originated on stage. Playing a hard-of-hearing housekeeper, her hilarious testimony during the trial is one of the film's highlights. It was however, her last screen performance. She died 4 February 1959 in New York of a heart ailment.