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Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man(1943)

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The working title of this film was Wolf Man Meets Frankenstein. It was the first in a series of Universal horror films in which the studio teamed two or more of its famous "monsters" in a single film. Hollywood Reporter news items state that actor Lon Chaney, Jr. was originally assigned to play both the role of "The Monster" and "The Wolf Man," but producer George Waggner decided that the makeup required for both parts was too extensive. Bela Lugosi was then cast in the role of "The Monster," a part, modern sources state, he was offered and turned down in the original 1931 Universal film Frankenstein. Hollywood Reporter later reported that Lugosi collapsed on the set in early November 1943, when he became ill from the strain caused by the thirty-five pounds of makeup required for the role. Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man was the last film Lugosi would make at Universal. Actress Maria Ouspenskaya also suffered a broken ankle on the set of the film, which required brief hospitalization.
       While the film was in production, actor Lionel Atwill was sentenced to five-year's probation for perjury in a case involving a Christmas party held at his home in 1940. (For more information on the Atwill scandal, please see the entry below for Man Made Monster.) According to modern sources, scenes were removed from the released film which showed that the Monster was blind (a reference to the ending of the 1942 Universal film The Ghost of Frankenstein [,]) and that the Monster's sight was later restored by Patric Knowles's character, "Dr. Frank Mannering." Modern sources also state that Eddie Parker and Gil Perkins worked as stunt men on the production and include Beatrice Roberts (Varja) in the cast. Martha MacVicar made her feature film debut in this film and later became more well known under the name Martha Vickers. For more information on the aforementioned Universal series, please consult the Series Index and see the entries for Frankenstein (AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.1465) and The Wolf Man (see below).