Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Frankenstein Mutes, the Wolf Moans

Of lycanthropy, showing the signs,
Larry, frantic and woebegone, whines
With his wobbly walk
The poor Monster should squawk
He was panned and lost most of his lines.

Béla Lugosi, Patric Knowles, Ilona Massey and Lon Chaney Jr, in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943). Title by David Cairns, moanin' lowlife.

From the IMDb: When The Monster's dialogue was deleted, 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. 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.

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