When discussing classic films, attention is often paid to how iconic and influential the film has proved. Frankenstein looms large on both counts. Mary Shelley’s novel (itself a literary classic) had already been adapted for stage and even a 1910 silent film by the time Carl Laemmle, Jr. took over the reins at Universal Studios from his father in 1928. Frankenstein followed Dracula by nine months in 1931, scoring a tremendous one-two punch for Laemmle and Universal. Frankenstein one-upped Dracula in every way, in large part because its director, James Whale, had a much stronger feel for the power of cinema and how to shoot film than did Dracula’s Tod Browning.