Continuing the Universal Monsters Sub-set. Today we have the Bride from the James Whale 1935 classic The Bride of Frankenstein; starring Colin Clive, Boris Karloff and Elsa Lanchester as the Bride.
The film flows immediately from the events of the first film, and is rooted in a subplot of the original novel, Frankenstein (1818). In the film, a humbled Henry Frankenstein abandons his plans to create life, only to be tempted and coerced by the Monster and encouraged by his old mentor Dr. Pretorius, into constructing for him, the Monster, a Bride.
Elsa Lanchester was only 5’4″ but for the role was placed on stilts that made her 7′ tall. The bandages were placed so tightly on her that she was unable to move and had to be carried about the studio and fed through a straw. And, her shock hairdo was held in place by a wired horsehair cage. How’s that for suffering for your art?
Lastly, Elsa did not receive on screen credit as “The Bride”. In the credits the character is listed as being played by “?”.