Frankenstein script
Frankenstein (1931)
Synopsis: This iconic horror film follows the obsessed scientist Dr. Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) as he attempts to create life by assembling a creature from body parts of the deceased. Aided by his loyal misshapen assistant, Fritz (Dwight Frye), Frankenstein succeeds in animating his monster (Boris Karloff), but, confused and traumatized, it escapes into the countryside and begins to wreak havoc. Frankenstein searches for the elusive being, and eventually must confront his tormented creation.

The pilot's wheal is now a crystalline sculpture of ice. The

forward mast lies across the deck like a broken limb,

extending out over the ice on a tangle of rigging...

The ship's prow is smashed open above the water line ...

A familiar rosary lies broken on the deck. Beads scattered.

A tiny Christ figure lies with arms thrown wide, painted

eyes staring up at the sky through a thin sheet of ice ...


From the top of mast #2. A breathtaking perspective of the

entire ship below, guaranteed to induce vertigo. The corpse

of the lookout is suspended below us at the end of the

frozen rope, His posture mimics the Christ figure: His arms

thrown wide, dead eyes staring up at the sky through a thin

sheet of ice. A ghastly still-life, the corpse twisting

ever-so-slightly on the wind, rope creaking ...

A SAILOR thrusts into frame swaying precariously in the

rigging, WIDEN to reveal TWO MORE MEN as they reach out with

long gaffing poles to snag the corpse.


Walton watches them reel the body in. ANGLE SHIFTS as he

turns, revealing the rest of the crew working desperately to

free the ship. Axes and picks rise and fall in waves,

slamming into the ice, throwing up frozen chips. The men are

near collapse, exhaustion carved in their faces. The dogs

are nearby, huskies and malamutes huddled in the snow.

Walton rejoins the men, rams his axe fiercely into the ice.


Put your backs into it!


What's the use? This godless ice stretches for

miles! Would you have us chow our way back to



No. But we'll chop our way to the North Pole if

we have to. Inch by bloody inch.


You can't mean to go on! Our journey is ended!

The best we can hope for now is to get out of this


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Peggy Webling

Peggy Webling was a British playwright, novelist and poet. Her 1927 play version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is notable for naming the creature "Frankenstein" after its creator, and for being the ... more…

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