32 PIECES OF MOVIE TRIVIA— CLASSIC MONSTERS EDITION

As always previous installments can be found here: Every Trivia List I've Done So Far
  1. Nosferatu (1922) was the first time a vampire's death via sunlight was depicted.
    Director F.W. Murnau came up with this concept in an attempt to avoid being sued by Bram Stoker's family.
  2. Although he's the title character, Nosferatu is on screen for less than nine minutes.
  3. All original copies of Nosferatu (1922) were ordered to be destroyed.
    Despite changing the ending, it was pretty apparent that Director F.W. Murnau borrowed heavily from Bram Stroker's 1897 classic Dracula so the Stoker's widow sued. As part of the settlement, all known prints and negatives of the film were ordered to be destroyed, and they were... except that decades later a few forgotten prints began to surface in other European countries.
  4. The poor quality transfers of 1923's The Hunchback of Notre Dame are due to the fact that the only surviving original is in 16mm form.
    And even then, there's still 10-15 minutes of cottage missing from it.
  5. As many as 200 people from the wardrobe department alone were on the payroll for The Hunchback of Notre Dame's larger crowd scenes.
    In addition to this, Universal also had to construct a new wardrobe building in order accommodate the large number of extras who had to be outfitted in 15th century clothing.
  6. Part of the opera house set from The Phantom of the Opera (1925) still stood inside Sound Stage 28 [The Phantom Stage] until the sound stage's demolition in 2014, making it the oldest standing interior film set in the world.
    Urban legends claim that this is because whenever crews have tried to take it down in the past, there have always been fatal accidents caused by a ghost said to be star Lon Chaney. [The sound stage can be seen here: https://youtu.be/HDDzG2G3ExM]
  7. The Phantom's bed was later used as Norma Desmond's bed in 1950's Sunset Boulevard.
  8. Mary Philban's reaction to the unmasked Phantom was real.
    In addition to that, no photograph of Lon Chaney as The Phantom was published before the film was released because Universal Pictures wanted the unmasked Phantom to be a surprise.
  9. Universal Pictures released a version of The Phantom of the Opera with sound in February 1930 the grossed over $1 million.
    However, that version of the film has since vanished and is now considered lost.
  10. While an English version of Dracula (1931) filmed during the day, a Spanish version was filmed at night using the same sets but different actors.
  11. Unlike the coach traveling along the road towards it, Dracula's castle wasn't actually real. Rather it was painted on a piece of glass that was then placed in front of the camera.
  12. Dracula originally featured an epilogue Edward Van Sloan's Van Helsing directly addressed the audience.
    It was removed from the 1936 reissue in order to avoid conflict with the The Motion Picture Code and has yet to surface in its entirety since. [Some stills and surviving footage can be seen in the 1999 documentary Road to Dracula.]
  13. When Bela Lugosi died in 1956, he was buried in his famed Dracula cape.
  14. Bette Davis was considered to play both Mina Harker in Dracula (1931) and Elizabeth in Frankenstein (1931).
  15. Bela Lugosi was originally considered for the role of the Monster in Frankenstein (1931) and even filmed a twenty minute test reel on the set of Dracula (1931) before ultimately turning the role down.
    As for the test footage, it hasn't been seen since 1931 and is considered to be lost. In fact, the only remains of Lugosi as the Monster is a poster that bears only a vague likeness to the actor.
  16. The shoes that Boris Karloff wore as part of his Frankenstein costume weighed thirteen pounds apiece.
  17. After Mae Clarke (Elizabeth) admitted she might really be frightened by his character attacking her in full makeup, Karloff told her he would wiggle his pinky finger so that she could always see that— despite the makeup— her friend Boris was there and that she was safe.
  18. John Huston wrote an early draft of the prologue/warning speech given at the beginning of Frankenstein (1931).
  19. Despite playing the famed monster, Boris Karloff was considered to be such an no-name actor that he wasn't even invited to the premiere of Frankenstein (1931).
  20. Boris Karloff's Ramses III- inspired makeup for The Mummy took Jack P. Pierce eight hours to apply everyday.
  21. The ancient Egypt flashback sequence in The Mummy (1932) was designed to mimic a silent film in order to portray the antiquity of the past events.
  22. Boris Karloff's turn as the Monster in Frankenstein made him so well known that when The Mummy was released a year later, Universal advertised it with "KARLOFF... THE MUMMY".
  23. In order to achieve the effect of Claude Rains' "invisibility", director James Whale had him dress completely in black velvet and filmed him in front of a black velvet background.
  24. The original trailer for The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) promised "a lifetime of entertainment in two hours" but the final edit only ran 75 minutes.
  25. The reason why the monster has a fuller face in The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) versus the sunken in cheeks look of Frankenstein (1931) is because the monster had dialogue [yes, really!] which meant Boris Karloff couldn't remove his dental bridge like he had done for the original film.
  26. Standing at only 5'4", Elsa Lanchester had to be placed on stilts in order to play the seven foot tall Bride.
    In addition to that, she had to be carried around the studio and fed through a straw because the bandages of her outfit were wrapped so tightly.
  27. Elsa Lanchester doesn't receive billing in neither the opening nor closing credits for her role as The Monster's Mate.
    The role is credit only to "?".
  28. While shooting Son of Frankenstein (1939), Boris Karloff unintentionally scared local hospital staff when he showed up in full Frankenstein makeup after receiving word that his wife had given birth to their first child.
  29. The top of the silver wolf-headed cane carried by Larry Talbot is the only known surviving prop from 1941's The Wolf Man and resides in the personal collection of film archivist Bob Burns.
  30. The church scenes in The Wolf Man were filmed on the cathedral set used in the 1923 version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which starred Lon Cheney Jr's father.
  31. Famed director Ingmar Bergman watched Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) every year on his birthday.
  32. The Creature from the Black Lagoon made an appearance on the television series The Munsters in the episode "Love Comes to Mockingbird Heights".
    Of course he wasn't called the Creature but rather Uncle Gilbert.