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According to a pre-production news item in Hollywood Reporter, Universal originally wanted to team Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi and Peter Lorre in this film. The deal collapsed when Lorre rejected the role, claiming he had left the "menace" field to star in the Mr. Moto series. After this picture completed production on January 4, 1939, Universal rushed its editing in order to deliver it for a 13 January release. In an interview in New York Times, Jack Pierce, the makeup man who created the monster, estimated that it would take him four hours to transform Boris Karloff into the monster. For additional information about film adaptations of the Mary Shelley book, please consult the Series Index and see entry above for Frankenstein.