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Frankenstein (1931)
 Who was considered for Frankenstein?

John Carradine
Turned down the role of the monster because he felt himself too well trained an actor.
Actor who got the part: Boris Karloff

Bette Davis
Davis almost was cast as Elizabeth in the movie, but Director James Whale was more impressed with Mae Clarke and chose her instead
Actor who got the part: Mae Clarke

Leslie Howard
Was offered the role of Dr. Henry Frankenstein.
Actor who got the part: Colin Clive

Bela Lugosi
"Dracula" was a huge success and Universal was anxious to follow up with "Frankenstein" but Lugosi wanted to play the Doctor and he was offered the monster role. He turned it down due to "lack of dialogue" and the part was given to the relatively unknown Boris Karloff.
Actor who got the part: Boris Karloff



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