Largely unheralded during his career, Dwight Frye has since become an iconic character actor in the canon of the classic Universal horror films. While he played roles in numerous other non-genre films, his portrayal of Fritz in James Whale's FRANKENSTEIN (1931) has assured his place in cinematic history.
Who can forget Henry Frankenstein's diminutive hunchback assistant, scurrying around nervously about the laboratory among Kenneth Strickfaden's machines and equipment? In my estimation, two of his most memorable scenes are when he scrambles down the stairs to answer the door, then stops to pull up his sock, and when he breaks into Dr. Waldman's lab to steal a brain and drops the "normal" one when he backs into a hanging skeleton. Most likely the two scenes are all of Whale's design, but Frye pulls them off magnificently.
This article from the April, 1974 issue of the great little magazine, FILM FAN MONTHLY (#154) includes one of the earliest comprehensive articles on his career.
Come back tomorrow for the second half of the Wom tribute to Dwight Frye.