“Bride of Frankenstein” airs on Me-TV

The Bride of FrankensteinHollywood filmmakers owe Arthur Conan Doyle and Jules Verne a bit of  gratitude for introducing the idea that killing off a central character in one  story does not mean he can’t be brought back later on.  Despite his  apparent demise during the conclusion of “Frankenstein” (1931), Frankenstein’s  monster was able to make a roaring comeback in “The Bride of Frankenstein” (1935), demonstrating the same kind of resilience shown by Sherlock Holmes and  Captain Nemo.  Directed by James Whale, “The Bride of Frankenstein” airs  Saturday, June 18th at 10 pm on Me-TV, the relatively new classic television  network.  Considered one of the best sequels in motion picture history, “The Bride of Frankenstein” stars Boris Karloff, who returns as the monster, and  Colin Clive, reprising his role as Dr. Henry Frankenstein.  Featured in the  title role is Elsa Lancaster, who also appears as Mary Shelley in the film’s  prologue.

A crowd of villagers, surrounding a burning windmill, are as happy as they  are relieved that Frankenstein’s monster has seemingly perished as a result of  the blaze.  One member of the throng, Hans, isn’t completely convinced that  the creature is dead, and wanders into a pit beneath the mill, and unfortunately  discovers his suspicions were correct, as the still living monster strangles him  to death.  Word soon spreads throughout the countryside that Frankenstein’s  monster is back in business.  Meanwhile, Dr Frankenstein, also presumed  dead after being tossed off the top of the windmill by his ill- mannered  creation, has been nursed back to health at his castle.  Although he admits  creating the monster was a bit of a mistake, Frankenstein still believes he can  unlock the mystery of life and immortality.  Frankenstein is soon visited  by his one-time mentor, Dr. Pretorius, who also has been dabbling in the  creation of life.  It’s Pretorius’s plan to work with Dr Frankenstein in  attempting to create a mate for the original monster…what could go wrong?

A major difference between the first Frankenstein film and its sequel is that  in “The Bride of Frankenstein,” the monster acquired the ability to speak, a  development that Boris Karloff was not on board with.  “Speech,” Karloff  later complained, “Stupid.  My argument was that if the monster had any  impact or charm, it was because he was inarticulate.  This great lumbering,  inarticulate creature… the moment he spoke, you might as well play it  straight.”  Karloff played Frankenstein’s monster one more time, returning  for “Son of Frankenstein” (1939), before turning the role over to others.

Notes:  Elsa Lancaster is not named in the credits as having played “The  Bride” as the character is listed as “?”.  Lancaster does receive screen  credit for role as Mary Shelley.  Although “The Bride” is almost as iconic  a figure any of Universal Studios classic monsters, she only had a total of  about five minutes of screen time, and is the only “classic monster” not to have  killed anyone