Moving Pictures
Oct 08, 2009, 05:55AM

"Return to Malibu Lake"

John Cox hunts down the site of a legendary scene in cinematic history.

It is a scene etched in film history.
Shot at a mountain lake location on September 28 and 29 in 1931, the drowning of the little girl in Frankenstein was a truly transgressive moment in a film already overloaded with gruesome happenings. Actor Boris Karloff protested, as did audiences and critics when the film previewed. The scene was jettisoned, cutting off suddenly as The Monster reaches for the child.

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