History Film / Frankenstein1931

16th Jan '18 12:32:23 AM jormis29
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Along with Karloff, it stars Colin Clive as Dr. Henry Frankenstein, Mae Clarke as his fiancée Elizabeth, Creator/DwightFrye as Fritz and Edward Van Sloan as Dr. Waldman.

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Along with Karloff, it stars Colin Clive as Dr. Henry Frankenstein, Mae Clarke Creator/MaeClarke as his fiancée Elizabeth, Creator/DwightFrye as Fritz and Edward Van Sloan as Dr. Waldman.
30th Oct '17 10:08:40 AM ClintEastwood
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* FakeShemp: [[spoiler:The screenplay originally called for Henry Frankenstein to die from his fall from the burning mill. When Universal decided for a happy ending, Colin Clive was in England, so his stand-in was used for the far shot of him recuperating in his bed, with Elizabeth at his side]].
30th Oct '17 10:02:38 AM ClintEastwood
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* EvolvingCredits: Opening credits list all the actors ''[[NotNamedInOpeningCredits except]]'' the one playing the Creature, who is billed only with a question mark. Creator/BorisKarloff is only named in the closing credits.


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* StockSoundEffects: The "Castle Thunder" effect makes its first appearance here.
20th Oct '17 9:33:11 PM Josef5678
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* AdaptationalWimp: The creature goes from being intelligent enough to learn how to read and speak on his own, as well as [[spoiler:framing someone for murder]] in the book, to almost completely mindless brute. [[TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Bad]] as this arguably makes him a much more sympathetic (not to mention believable) character.
20th Oct '17 5:09:47 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AdaptationalHeroism: While Frankenstein wasn't evil by any means in the original book, he wasn't quite as friendly or responsible as his film's portrayal. He made the monster mainly for his own glory and threw it out into the cold just because is was ugly. And rather than telling his family and friends about the situation when it starts to get out of hand, he keeps quiet and tries to handle it on his own, which results in the death of each of his loved ones one by one as well as his own. In the movie, he does it more for the benefit of science and knows better than to judge his creation by his appearance alone. And when the monster starts attacking, he does tell his loved ones which is largely why not nearly as many people ending up dying in the film.



* AdaptationalHeroism: While Frankenstein wasn't evil by any means in the original book, he wasn't quite as friendly or responsible as his film's portrayal. He made the monster mainly for his own glory and threw it out into the cold just because is was ugly. And rather than telling his family and friends about the situation when it starts to get out of hand, he keeps quiet and tries to handle it on his own, which results in the death of each of his loved ones one by one as well as his own. In the movie, he does it more for the benefit of science and knows better than to judge his creation by his appearance alone. And when the monster starts attacking, he does tell his loved ones which is largely why not nearly as many people ending up dying in the film.
13th Oct '17 9:08:58 PM DaFlabbagasta
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[[caption-width-right:340: If only she had known better...]]

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29th Sep '17 4:05:32 PM maxwellsilver
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** A case could be made that this trope extends to ''every'' named character in the film.
29th Sep '17 4:00:08 PM maxwellsilver
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'''Henry Frankenstein''': Oh, in the name of God! Now I know what it feels like to ''be'' [[AGodAmI God!]]

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'''Henry Frankenstein''': Oh, in the name of God! Now I know what it feels like to ''be'' [[AGodAmI God!]]
God!
12th Sep '17 8:14:15 PM ectostar
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->'''Henry Frankenstein''': Look! It's moving. It's alive. It's alive... It's alive, it's moving, it's alive, it's alive, it's alive, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xos2MnVxe-c&feature=related it's alive, IT'S ALIVE!]]''
->'''Victor Moritz''': Henry, in the name of God!
->'''Henry Frankenstein''': Oh, in the name of God! Now I know what it feels like to ''be'' [[AGodAmI God!]]

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->'''Henry Frankenstein''': Look! It's moving. It's alive. It's alive... It's alive, it's moving, it's alive, it's alive, it's alive, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xos2MnVxe-c&feature=related it's alive, IT'S ALIVE!]]''
->'''Victor
ALIVE!]]''\\
'''Victor
Moritz''': Henry, in the name of God!
->'''Henry
God!\\
'''Henry
Frankenstein''': Oh, in the name of God! Now I know what it feels like to ''be'' [[AGodAmI God!]]



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** Averted by Henry, who - after a little ExecutiveMeddling - not only survives the film, but returns for its sequel.

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** [[invoked]] Averted by Henry, who - after a little ExecutiveMeddling - not only survives the film, but returns for its sequel.



-->'''Victor Moritz:''' You're crazy!
-->'''Henry Frankenstein:''' Crazy, am I? We'll see whether I'm crazy or not.

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-->'''Victor Moritz:''' Moritz''': You're crazy!
-->'''Henry Frankenstein:'''
crazy!\\
'''Henry Frankenstein''':
Crazy, am I? We'll see whether I'm crazy or not.
20th Jun '17 4:14:36 PM SinDustries
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* AnachronismStew: Intended by James Whale, who fostered for this and ''Film/BrideOfFrankenstein'' a sort of AlternateUniverse which mixed deliberately and freely the aesthetics of the early 1800s (the time that Mary Shelley wrote the original novel) and the '30s. As a result, in this film you see electric lights, X-ray images, women attending medical school and modern dress mixed in with clearly 19th century esthetics. (Whale's intent was somewhat contradicted by the studio that promoted the film as wholly taking place in the modern day, which is totally contradicted by a nearly-exclusive 19th century setting of the sequel.)

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* AnachronismStew: Intended by James Whale, who fostered for this and ''Film/BrideOfFrankenstein'' a sort of AlternateUniverse which mixed deliberately and freely the aesthetics of the early 1800s (the time that Mary Shelley wrote the original novel) and the '30s. As a result, in this film you see electric lights, X-ray images, women attending medical school and modern dress mixed in with clearly 19th century esthetics.aesthetics. (Whale's intent was somewhat contradicted by the studio that promoted the film as wholly taking place in the modern day, which is totally contradicted by a nearly-exclusive 19th century setting of the sequel.)
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