One of the greatest things about the internet is the instant exposure to a wealth of rediscovered nuggets from Hollywood's storied past, whether it's some new print of a classic film thought destroyed, props and memorabilia found in a rusting storage locker, original screenplays revealing never-filmed scenes and behind-the-camera stills once relegated to a mere footnote in history.
Check out this newly remastered trailer for Universal's 1939 monster movie Son of Frankenstein, presumed lost to time and the deteriorating effects of silver nitrate film stock for over 75 years, containing alternate scenes, extended takes and deleted footage from the horror classic. Studios stopped using the extremely flammable film in 1950 and switched to a safer cellulose stock, but its distinctive clarity and sheen will never die.
Directed by Rowland V. Lee, this third gothic outing for the electrode-equipped creature starred Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff and Béla Lugosi and was a sensation when it was first released. It would be Karloff's last as the creature. Settle into this rare, digitally restored trailer for Son of Frankenstein narrated by Charles Frederick Lindsley, presented in the vintage glory of crisp black-and-white courtesy of cinephile Jonathan Froes.