Son of Frankenstein 75th Anniversary with Guest Star Donnie Dunagan

Son of Frankenstein 75th Anniversary with Guest Star Donnie Dunagan

The Pickwick Theatre Classic Film Series presents a unique Halloween screening event sure to excite classic monster fans everywhere. The 75th anniversary screening of Son of Frankenstein (1939) will be shown on October 30th at 7:30pm at the Pickwick Theatre in Park Ridge, IL. In addition to the film, special guest star Donnie Dunagan (“Peter von Frankenstein”) will be in attendance for a Q&A!

Now 80 years old, Mr. Dunagan makes a special appearance here in the Midwest to talk about his career and what it was like working with Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, and Basil Rathbone in Son of Frankenstein. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience. Dunagan is also known for his work in Tower of London and for lending his voice to “Young Bambi” in Walt Disney's Bambi. He kept the Bambi news a secret while serving as a U.S. Marine, where he was said to be the youngest drill instructor in the history of the Corps, rising to Major before settling into retirement. He is also an Oxford grad with a PhD in Mathematical Physics! Read more about his interesting life HERE.

Son of Frankenstein stars Basil Rathbone as “Baron Wolf von Frankenstein,” who brings his family to the village he lived in as a child to claim his late father's (Colin Clive as “Henry Frankenstein”) estate. He meets “Ygor” (Bela Lugosi), who informs him “The Monster” (Boris Karloff) is still alive in a coma. The Baron decides to continue his father's work with full intentions of goodwill and soon realizes his hopes are doomed. Once Ygor and the Monster threaten his young son's life (Donnie Dunagan as “Peter von Frankenstein”), difficult choices must be made for the greater good. This is the last time Boris Karloff performed as Frankenstein's Monster in a feature film.

October 30th at 7:30pm. Live organ music by Jay Warren. Kids costume contest. There will be a fee for autographs.

Located at Pickwick Theatre, 5 S. Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL.

Tickets are $7 general admission; $5 seniors over 60. For more information, call 847-825-5800 or visit

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