Tales of Tomorrow: Season 1, Episode 16

Frankenstein (18 Jan. 1952)

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Dr. Victor Frankenstein, working in a castle on a remote Swiss island, attempts to create a perfect man but his resultant creation turns out to be a murderous beast who must be destroyed.

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Allyn Edwards ...
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John Newland ...
Mary Alice Moore ...
Elizabeth
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Peggy Allenby ...
Elise the maid
Raymond Bramley ...
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Dr. Victor Frankenstein, working in a castle on a remote Swiss island, attempts to create a perfect man but his resultant creation turns out to be a murderous beast who must be destroyed.

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According to Chaney biographer Don Smith, the actor was drinking during rehearsals of the show and damaged props which had to be replaced. When the show was actually shot, an inebriated Chaney was under the impression that it was a dress rehearsal and gingerly laid the furniture down instead of throwing it as he should. He can be heard saying "Save for the show" when he uncharacteristically lays down a chair. See more »

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Chaney's monster breaks BOTH ends of the prop wire before he is "electrocuted" by its current. See more »

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Elizabeth's Father: There are some things better left undone.
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The perils of live TV!
20 February 2007 | by (Colorado, United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is infamous for a Lon Chaney Jr. gaff on live TV.

Near the end of his career, Chaney had developed quite a drinking problem. As a result, many of his later roles were for characters which had little or no dialog (e.g. "The Indestructible Man"). Although this episode of "Tales of Tomorrow" would be broadcast live, since the role of the Frankenstein monster had no lines, it was assumed that Chaney could still do the job. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case.

By broadcast time, Chaney was smashed. Although he is able to appear and hit his marks, careful viewing of his performance reveals that when the monster should be going on a rampage and destroying all of the furniture and props on the set, the monster/Chaney gingerly picks up each piece of furniture and gently sets it back in place, while mumbling "Save it for the show.",... just as he had done earlier in the day at rehearsal!!!

Fans of Chaney will want to seek this out just to see Chaney made up as the Frankenstein monster one last time, even though it's an embarrassing performance. There are no other redeeming qualities here. I'm giving this a 2, and that's being generous.


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