Frankenstein's Daughter (1958)

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Dr. Frankenstein's insane grandson attempts to create horrible monsters in modern day L.A.


(as Richard Cunha)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Ashley ...
Johnny Bruder
Sandra Knight ...
Donald Murphy ...
Sally Todd ...
Suzie Lawler
Harold Lloyd Jr. ...
Felix Locher ...
Prof. Carter Morton
Wolfe Barzell ...
John Zaremba ...
Police Lt. Boyle
Robert Dix ...
Police Det. Bill Dillon
Harry Wilson ...
Voltaire Perkins ...
Mr. Rockwell, Chemist
Charlotte Portney ...
Frightened Housewife
Bill Coontz ...
First Victim - Warehouseman
George Barrows ...
Page Cavanaugh ...
Page Cavanaugh


Dr. Frankenstein's insane grandson attempts to create horrible monsters in modern day L.A.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It reaches from the grave to re-live the horror, the terror! More destructive! More terrifying!


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Release Date:

15 December 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

She Monster of the Night  »

Box Office


$60,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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The 'Screen Star' magazine Trudy reads features an illustration of Janet Leigh on the cover. See more »


During the scene when Sandra Knight as Trudy Morton opens the door and faints because she is frightened by the monster, she falls to the floor. After she is supposedly unconscious she very obviously lifts her arm and places it on her hip. Then once the camera moves off her and returns she is in a completely different position than she was previously (she was originally on her left side with her back to the camera, and she's now shown on her back)! See more »


Elsu: Your father and grandfather never used a female brain.
Oliver Frank aka Frankenstein: No. The way the female's brain is conditioned to a man's world. Therefore it takes orders where the other one's didn't.
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by Page Cavanaugh and Jack Smalley
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Fun twist on the Frankenstein tale
29 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love this take on the "man creates monster" tale. This 1958 movie stars Donald Murphy as Oliver Frank (short for Frankenstein), grandson of the original monster maker. It is 1958, Los Angeles, and he is living with Dr. Carter Morton (Felix Locher) and assisting him with his experiments. Unbeknownst to Dr. Morton, Oliver is using the lab for not just legitimate experiments, but to try to carry on the "family business", creating a human being from body parts.

Sandra Knight portrays Trudy Morton, Dr. Morton's teenage niece. John Ashley is her good guy boyfriend, Johnny. To make a long story short, Oliver creates a woman monster using the head of Trudy's va va voom friend Suzy (played by 1957 Playmate of the Year, Sally Todd) who was killed by Oliver in a jealous rage, and various other body parts, mostly male. The resulting monster with a female head, all be it butt ugly, and male body is hilarious to say the least. There is also a side story where Oliver is drugging Trudy with a drug that turns her into a monster because she won't play hide the salami with him. The monster make up on both monsters is not scary, but laughable.

All teen oriented movies in the 1950's had to have a few dance/song sequences with that new music, rock and roll, and this movie is no exception. Surprisingly enough, John Ashley doesn't perform (he was a singer and sang in several 1950's movies, most noticeably to 50's scary movie fans in the movie "How to Create a Monster"). Instead, Harold Lloyd Jr. sings two songs with the Page Cavanaugh Trio. The songs are funny although I think they were meant to be serious back when the movie was released.

This movie has everything you would expect from a 1950's low budget horror sets, grade b actors, crapola make up and cheezy song and dance routines. In other words, everything for a fun movie!

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