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Episode 46: Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

On episode 46 of Captive Eye, David Kleiler, Jean-Paul Ouellette and Steve Head consider the enduring qualities of James Whale’s Bride of Frankenstein (1935), and bring to light some rarely talked about stories from its making and original release.

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  1. One of the censored scenes involved Pretorius’ menagerie of homonculi. You will notice that there’s an extra jar whose occupant was not shown. This was because the censors thought it was too perverse. What it was a “baby” played by Billy Barty in full Karloff monster make-up sitting in a high-chair. Apparently, it was thought to be simply too repulsive to be shown at the time.

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