1957 The Curse of Frankenstein

The Curse of Frankenstein - 1957

A Hammer production released by Wamer Brothers

Copyright MCMLVII

Clarion Film Production.

MPAA Approved Certi!icate No. 18491 

RCA Sound Recording 

Produced at Bray Studios 

Eastmancolour by Humphries Laboratories

81 Mins


The film introduces itself with the on-screen information:- "More than a hundred years ago, in a mountain village in Switzerland, lived a man whose strange experiments with the dead have since become legend. The legend is still told with horror the world over.....It is the legend of.....The Curse of Frankenstein." Watch the original trailer on YouTube


Editor James Needs
Production Designer Bernard Robinson
Art Director Ted Marshall
Production Manager Don Weeks
Assistant Director Derek Whitehurst
Continuity Doreen Soan
Casting Dorothy Holloway
Hair Stylist H. Montsash
Make-up Phil Leakey
Camera Operator Len Harris
Director of Photography Jack Asher, BSc
Music Composed by James Bernard
Music Director John Hollingsworth
Screenplay by Jimmy Sangster
Based on the classic story by Mary W. Shelley
Associate Producer Anthony Nelson Keys
Executive Producer Michael Carreras
Produced by Anthony Hinds
Directed by Terence Fisher



Baron Victor Frankenstein Pater Cushing
Creature Christopher Lee
Elizabeth Hazel Court
Paul Kempe (by permission of A.B.P.C.) Robert Urquhart
Justine Valerie Gaunt
Aunt Noel Hood
Young Victor Melvin Hayes
Professor Bernstein Paul Hadtmuth
Grandpa Fred Johnson
Warder Michael Mulcaster
Alex Gallier
Little Boy Claude Kingston
Burgomaster Andrew Leigh
Wife Ann Blake
Young Elizabeth Sally Walsh
Lecturer Middleton Woods
Uncle Raymond Ray



Little did they know it, but with the arrival of actors Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, Production Designer and miracle-worker Bernard Robinson and Photographer Jack Asher, Hammer now had more or less in place the team which would transform their fortunes virtually overnight. So much has been said and written about "The Curse of Frankenstein" that it seems superfluous to say more. Suffice it to say that it was a seminal horror movie, showing dismembered body parts and large quantities of blood and gore in all their full-colour glory, and it (and its successors) have influenced the making of films of the genre ever since.

Hazel Court was already a dab hand at horror, having been scared witless by the rather unfriendly "Devil Girl from Mars" (1954). She worked again for Hammer in "The Man Who Could Cheat Death" (1959) and then starred in "Doctor Blood's Coffin" (1960), before appearing for Roger Corman in his adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe's '"The Premature Burial" (1961); "The Raven" (1963) and "The Masque of the Red Death" (1964).

Melvyn Hayes, who plays the young Baron here, gained further fame, or perhaps notoriety, as Gloria in the BBC TV sitcom "It Ain't Half Hot, Mum".

Details were complied viewing the actual film. 
Source of viewing copy - The Hammer Graveyard Collection