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Mary Fuller ... Elizabeth (uncredited)

Charles Ogle ... The Monster (uncredited)

Augustus Phillips ... Frankenstein (uncredited)

Directed by
J. Searle Dawley 
Writing credits
Mary Shelley (novel "Frankenstein")

J. Searle Dawley 

Produced by
Thomas A. Edison .... producer
Original Music by
Donald Sosin 
Makeup Department
Charles Ogle .... creature makeup (uncredited)

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Prior to the film's rediscovery, only a few images of Charles Ogle as The Monster were known to exist. Interestingly, Ogle looks a lot younger in the film than he does in the photographs.See more »
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Creepier in many ways than later filmed versions, 26 November 2009
Author: calvinnme from United States

This twelve minute adaptation of Mary Shelley's tale has an element that the later versions don't have. In this version Frankenstein apparently uses some kind of potion to create the monster in a large pot. You then get to see the monster emerge from the pot, first as a skeleton, and then skin and even clothing form over the skeleton. This was filmed by starting with a model of the monster, melting the form, and then filming the reverse of this melting as the creation of the monster.

The story starts with Frankenstein going to college. Here he never becomes a doctor, but apparently two years into his studies he has discovered the secret of life and death and is ready to create a perfect human being. Instead he forms an extremely mishapened creature. The creature then follows Frankenstein around, even becoming jealous of Frankenstein's bride-to-be. How the monster is eliminated is very odd, and I'll let you see it for yourself to find out how it ends. Just let me say that there are no crowds of villagers with torches and pitchforks in this one. Instead the ending is very Victorian and even magical.

This is very much worth looking at if you get the chance.

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