The Suicide Club and The Return of Frankenstein
The Suicide Club, based on a story by Robert Louis Stevenson, was first mention as a project for Bela Lugosi in 1932. Following the successful teaming of Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff in The Black Cat (1934), the idea was revived as a another vehicle for the two stars. Although pre-production promotional artwork was published, the film was never made. The Return of Frankenstein was an early title for The Bride of Frankenstein. Lugosi was slated to play a similar role to that eventually played by Earnest Thesiger.
The Hollywood Reporter, March 14, 1934
The West Australian (Perth), June 8, 1934
THE SCREEN’S FIRST ‘HORROR TEAM.’
SO well, are those two eminent screen ‘monsters,’ Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, working together in ”The Black Cat’ that Universal have decided to turn them into what will be the first ‘horror team’ in screen history. Two stories have already been set aside for the attention of Messrs. Karloff and Lugosi. They are ‘The Suicide Club,’ a version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s celebrated romance, and ‘The Return of Frankenstein.’ While Mr. Karloff is, of course, an Englishman, Mr. Lugosi is an Hungarian who learned English to play Dracula on the stage and on the screen— a part which made him famous.
San Francisco Chronicle, July 11, 1934