Monster Day 05: “The Age of Universal Studios”
1931. Universal Studios offers young Director James Whale a job that would resonate horror films to present day. Whale signed on to helm the film project ‘Frankenstein’. The film would star Colin Clive as the Doctor proclaiming the famous line, “It’s Alive!!” (taken from the stage play “It Lives!!”). Frankenstein would feature Boris Karloff as the Monster aptly credited as ??? Trivia: Bela Lugosi had expected to play the role of Frankenstein but Lugosi had turned down the role because of the lack of dialogue.
The film was a huge success and garnered sequels starting with 1935’s ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ all the way to 1948s comedy ‘Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein’. Frankenstein would catapult the careers of both Director James Whale and actor Boris Karloff.