Tales of Frankenstein (1958)

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In this pilot for a series that was never picked up, Dr. Frankenstein has just finished rebuilding his creation, but the monster is unresponsive. He needs to try something different to make... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Anton Diffring ...
Helen Westcott ...
Christine Halpert
Don Megowan ...
Ludwig Stössel ...
Paul Halpert
Raymond Greenleaf ...
Peter Brocco ...
Gottfried--Cemetery Caretaker
Sydney Mason ...
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In this pilot for a series that was never picked up, Dr. Frankenstein has just finished rebuilding his creation, but the monster is unresponsive. He needs to try something different to make it work, perhaps some new parts. Enter a terminally ill sculptor and his assertive wife.... Written by Apostic <apostic@home.com>

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The introduction contains stock footage from some of the Universal horror series, including the brides from Dracula (1931). The face in the crystal ball, who is supposed doing the narration, is actually footage that was used at the beginning of all of Universal's "Inner Sanctum" features. See more »


The introductory narration does not come close to matching the lip movements of the face in the crystal ball. The face in the crystal ball had actually been shot about 15 years earlier for the introductions to Universal's "Inner Sanctum" series of features. See more »

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Great idea--pedestrian execution.
9 December 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The idea of making a weekly monster show for television was very clever--and a soap opera-like version of this concept was successful in the late 1960s with "Dark Shadows". However, while the idea was great, the execution left a lot to be desired. In this pilot episode, the entire story you'd find in a full-length Frankenstein film is crammed into this tiny time slot. As a result, all the subtlety and atmosphere is diminished. It's obvious that it just wasn't working when an excellent choice for the Doctor (Anton Diffring) came off as bland. He should have been a lot better and easily could if they had done just one thing that "Dark Shadows" did--don't try to tell the entire story in 27 minutes but make the stories multi-part so they aren't rushed. The pilot could have easily lasted two or three or even more episodes. But, because it is rushed, the story is flat...and there was too much use of poorly integrated stock footage (such as the vampire women from Dracula). Too bad, as a weekly monster show was a great idea.

If you are curious and wish to see it, it's available for free download at archive.org--a site often linked to IMDb.

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