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THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN
July 8, 2017  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

 

As a lead-up to tonight’s showing of director James Whale’s classic 1935 Bride of Frankenstein film on TCM’s The Essentials series, the network has televised the original theatrical trailer promoting this sequel to Frankenstein. What amazed me about it is that nowhere in that promo short is Elsa Lanchester, in the title role, either shown or identified. It was a big reveal at the time: What will “the bride” of Boris Karloff’s visually spooky Frankenstein’s Monster look like? Well, she looks great, and iconic. And not only is this a fabulous monster movie, but it has several set pieces that are at the core not only of the genre, but of Mel Brooks’ brilliant spoof in Young Frankenstein four decades later.

 
 
 
 
 
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