Son Of Frankenstein (1939)

Third in the Frankenstein series. It follows 1935’s “Bride Of Frankenstein.” This one stars Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi and Lionel Atwill. It’s a lot of fun and has some great sets. Atwill and Lugosi walk away with it. I couldn’t help but think of Peter Sellers as Dr.Strangelove when I saw Atwill.

It’s a dark and stormy night in the village of Frankenstein. Coming in by train are Wolf (Basil Rathbone), the son of the Baron along with his wife Elsa, their young son Peter and Wolf’s butler Benson. The villagers aren’t happy to see them.

Wolf is almost killed by Ygor (Bela Lugosi) when he tries to throw a huge rock on top of him. Wolf confronts him and is then shown into the family crypt. On a slab is the Monster (Boris Karloff). Ygor says he’s been in a coma since being struck by lightning. He wants Wolf to revive him. His motive is to use him to kill the eight men who sentenced him to be hanged for stealing bodies. Ygor was hanged but survived and now has a broken neck.

Inspector Krogh (Lionel Atwill) drops by the castle to see what’s going on. He explains to Wolf that the Monster tore off his arm when he was just a small child. For now he’s friendly to Wolf.

Ygor is taken to town to tell the ministers what he knows about what’s going on at the castle. He just laughs at them and reminds them that so far six of the eight that sentenced him are dead.

Wolf revives the Monster to the delight of Ygor. On another visit Krogh is innocently told by Peter that while out playing he saw a giant. That gets Krogh’s attention.

A villager is run over by his own wagon. It’s the work of the Monster. The villagers are getting restless and head for the castle.

Rathbone is over the top but not annoyingly so. Boris doesn’t have a whole lot to do. This is a real good one for fans of the old black and white horror films.

This was followed by 1942’s ” The Ghost Of Frankenstein” with Lon Chaney, Jr., Cedric Hardwicke, Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, Ralph Bellamy and Evelyn Ankers.

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