Frankenstein (1931)

Director
James Whale

Main cast
Colin Clive; Mae Clarke; John Boles; Boris Karloff; Edward Van Sloan

Genres
Sci-Fi, Horror, Drama

Description
Henry Frankenstein is a doctor who is trying to discover a way to make the dead walk. He succeeds and creates a monster that has to deal with living again.


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