While it was not the first time the novel was filmed (there had been a few silent short films of Frankenstein in the 1910s and '20s), the 1931 version is certainly the most famous version, and remains an influential horror film in its own right.
Frankenstein in "Shtetl Days"Edit
Frankenstein was one of two films that Veit Harlan watched the evening after he'd undergone a circumcision. The other was Bringing Up Baby. Despite being over a century old, dubbed into German, and filmed in black and white, Harlan was thoroughly gripped by Frankenstein. The next day, he had an epiphany: the village of Wawolnice was a Frankenstein monster, created from the surviving scraps of Jewish culture by the German Reich. And now, the German actors had quietly become Jews themselves.
- The Universal Monsters, for additional, minor references to Frankenstein and related films.