An essential. I put Bride Of Frankenstein on my queue after reading yet another Hollywood reference to the movie’s gay underbelly. Although director Jimmy Whale was openly homosexual and Ernest Thesiger, possibly, claiming that there is a queer theme - - as opposed to sensibility - - to the movie is a stretch. I’ll credit Whale’s vision as more important than his sexuality. The movie is clearly a tribute to the classics of silent horror (Nosferatu, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) and reflects Whale’s interest in the monstrosity of social dysfunction . . . also seen in The Invisible Man. Swishy Dr. Pretorius (Thesinger) - - on which much queer theory rests - - seems simply an amusing riff on evil incarnate. Do we interpret his yarmulke as anti-Semitism . . . or a reference to The Golem? Elsa Lancaster as the Bride is beyond spectacular. If we really need cultural theory then the final scene seems clearly to speak to male sexual privilege.