Son of Frankenstein (1939) is the third film in Universal Studios’ Frankenstein series and the last to feature Boris Karloff as the Monster as well as the first to feature Bela Lugosi as Ygor. It is a sequel to Bride of Frankenstein.
The film was initiated by the very popular re-releases of Dracula and Frankenstein as a double-feature in 1938. Universal’s declining horror output was revitalized with the enormously successful Son.
It’s been years since the events of the last movie. Baron Wolf von Frankenstein (Basil Rathbone), son of Henry Frankenstein (creator of the Monster), relocates his wife Elsa (Josephine Hutchinson) and young son Peter (Donnie Dunagan) to the family castle in the eponymous village. Wolf wants to redeem his father’s reputation, but finds that such a feat will be harder than he thought after he encounters hostility from the villagers.
Aside from his family, Wolf’s only friend is the local policeman Inspector Krogh (Lionel Atwill) who bears an artificial arm, his real arm having been “ripped out by the roots” in an encounter with the Monster as a child…