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  • Stuntman Gil Perkins doubled for Bela Lugosi in the action scenes, as well as the scene of the Monster being released from the ice. In the climactic fight scene, Eddie Parker doubled Lon Chaney Jr. as the Wolfman, while Gil Perkins took over as the Monster. Based on interviews given years later, Perkins may have also doubled Chaney's Wolf Man in the chase scene through the woods into the castle ruins. Some film scholars insist Eddie Parker appears as the Monster in a handful of shots in the climax.
  • When The Monster's dialogue was deleted (see Alternate Versions), also removed were any references to The Monster being blind - a side-effect of Ygor's brain being implanted into The Monster at the end of The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942). As a result, Lugosi's sleepwalker-like lumbering gait with arms outstretched is not explained and became the subject of ridicule. It also established the Frankenstein Monster-walk stereotype.
  • The film was shot during WWII, amid a notorious anti-German public campaign by the United States government. Screen writer Curt Siodmak, a German Jew himself who had fled his country after hearing anti-Semitic speeches there in 1937, deliberately changed the location of Frankenstein's castle from Germany to the fictional "Vasaria." "Vasaria" translates loosely to "water place" in German, obviously correlating the dam, waterfall and hydroelectric turbine that are integral to the film.
  • Originally, Lon Chaney Jr. was to play both the Wolf Man and the Frankenstein Monster, but the producers decided the make-up demands and schedule wouldn't permit this. Late in life Chaney stated in an interview that he did, however, play both monsters in the film. He may well have been referring, correctly, to Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) where he briefly doubled Glenn Strange after Strange broke an ankle throwing a woman through the laboratory skylight near the end of the film. You can actually see Strange stumble but keep upright after the throw.
  • Several photos exist showing the deleted scenes (the fireside chat between the Monster and Talbot beneath the icy catacombs of the castle for instance; where Talbot & the audience learn that the Monster is still blind). This has been confirmed by several sources, including screen writer Curt Siodmak. In the mid-'80s a search was made through the Universal Studio vaults for a print or negative of the uncut prerelease version. As of this date, it has not yet been found.
  • The matte painting of the town of "Vasaria" is lifted from Universal's My Little Chickadee (1940).
  • The Frankenstein Monster, played by Bela Lugosi, is mute in this film, even though Boris Karloff's monster spoke in the earlier Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Interestingly, Lugosi had refused the role in the original Frankenstein (1931) because he would have had no lines. When Lugosi accepted the part in this film, the original script contained dialogue for the Monster, which was later edited out.
  • This is the first Frankenstein movie to not feature a "Dr. Frankenstein." Lawrence Talbot seeks Dr. Frankenstein for help, but never does meet him. However, there is another "Frankenstein": Ilona Massey's Baroness Elsa Frankenstein, possibly named after Elsa Lanchester who played both Mrs. Shelley and the Female Monster in Bride of Frankenstein (1935). According to the opening scene of the same "Bride" movie, the Monster's name is also Frankenstein within this film continuity, regardless of what it says "in the book."
  • With Bela Lugosi's dialogue scenes cut, he's only on screen for five minutes and 6 seconds, with stunt men and doubles appearing in almost two additional minutes.
  • The dog (Bruno) in the film is a German Shepherd named Moose, whom Lon Chaney Jr. adopted from the Universal Lot just after Moose's earlier appearance as the wolf that attacks Lawrence in The Wolf Man (1941).
  • This was Bela Lugosi's only stint in the role made famous by Boris Karloff, and was shot October 12-November 11, 1942, released March 5, 1943 (copyright 1942) .
  • Part of the original Shock Theatre package of 52 Universal titles released to television in 1957, followed a year later with Son of Shock, which added 20 more features.
  • Evelyn Ankers who played Elsa Frankenstein in The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) does not reprise her role in this film. It was decided that Lawrence shouldn't have two love interests played by the same actress so Ilona Massey was cast. This is not the first time in a Frankenstein film that the female lead was re-cast from an earlier film. Mae Clarke played Elizabeth in Frankenstein (1931) while Valerie Hobson took over the role for Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
  • The dialogue spoken by the Monster in the film was edited out before the film's release. His dialogue in the film spoke of his desire to control the world but Universal executives feared that World War II audiences would find it too close to Adolf Hitler's own rhetoric.
  • When Larry Talbot discovers a photo of Elsa Frankenstein, you can see the Monster's mouth moving, but without sound coming out. Most scenes that included the Monster's dialogue were cut completely from the film or dramatically shortened. Here, Bela Lugosi's voice track was simply erased.
  • In the screenplay, the transplantation of Ygor's brain (in The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)) caused the Monster to become both blind and deaf.
  • This film marks the first time that two of Universal Studio's classic monsters appear on screen together.
  • In the movie "The Wolf Man", the poem that is recited about werewolves goes, "Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night, may be a wolf when the wolf bane blooms and the Autumn moon is bright." For this movie, the ending was changed to "and the moon is full and bright."
  • Bitter about Bela Lugosi's success with Ygor in Son of Frankenstein (1939) and his own performance going largely ignored, Boris Karloff contacted his friends at Universal and set out to sabotage Bela's part: he had the production unjustly edit out all the dialogue off Lugosi's monster role, making Bela's Frankenstein creature appear dumb and his performance thereby inept, since the explanation about his being blind (and thus the reason behind his careful walk) had been deleted. This was one of the many ways Karloff used to destroy Bela Lugosi's career, since the studio would then use what turned into a somewhat bizarre performance (which was the editor's fault) as justification for not hiring Bela for Universal's future Dracula roles, such as in the following year's House of Frankenstein (1944). Of course, Boris Karloff was behind all this.
  • Bela Lugosi wasn't in very good physical health during the shooting. That is the main reason why he was doubled by Eddie Parker and Gil Perkins.
  • This was Bela Lugosi's final movie for "Universal" until his one off appearance in "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" in 1948.
  • Preview screenings of "Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man" were a disaster. The selected audience reacted with laughter every time Bela Lugosi as the creature, spoke.
  • The skull fracture happened when Talbot's father supposedly killed him with the silver-headed cane.
  • Talbot is found in Cardiff, the capital of Wales.
  • The diary reveals that the energy infused into the monster gives it life that, "its lifetime will equal the lives of more than a hundred human beings." Assuming that the monster was created in the 1930s, with the average life expectancy in Europe being around 59, this would give the monster a life expectancy of approximately 6,000 years.
  • The diary states that the monster cannot be killed, "unless its energies are drained off artificially by changing the poles from plus to minus." In Young Frankenstein (1974) the diary reveals that one needed to, "change the poles from plus to minus and from minus to plus."

Spoilers

  • There are some interesting things in this film. The police chief's uniform is reminiscent of a Nazi uniform. When Talbot wakes up in the puddle he has his shoes and socks on. In other films he is bare foot. Also in this segment there is a puddle. Yet when he finds the Monster he is in a frozen block of ice.
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