For the most part, film fans often find themselves a bit disappointed with the sequel to a popular movie, but that wasn’t the case with 1935’s The Bride of Frankenstein. The film screens 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the Northwest Montana History Museum.
This classic sequel to 1931’s Frankenstein features many cast members from the first film, including Boris Karloff as the monster and Colin Clive as Dr. Frankenstein. The movie also features Elsa Lanchester playing both Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and the bride. Other cast members include Ernest Thesiger and O.P. Heggie.
In this sequel, Dr. Frankenstein’s efforts to abandon his attempt to create life are thwarted by threats from the monster who wants a bride. The doctor is eventually blackmailed by his former mentor, Dr. Pretorius (Thesiger), into constructing a mate for the monster.
The film opened to critical and popular acclaim and its reputation has only grown over the years. In fact, some fans and critics consider it to be not only a great sequel, but better than the original film. In 1998, it was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry having been deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”
Doors open 6:30 p.m. and admission and popcorn are free. Soda pop, water, beer, and wine are available for purchase. Seating is provided, but viewers are welcome to bring their own cushions or seating.
The Northwest Montana History Museum brings the past alive through exhibits, artifacts, educational programs, and events. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at 124 Second Ave. East, Kalispell. For information call 406-756-8381.