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I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (1957)

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Professor Frankenstein creates a hulking teenager from the body of an accident victim; his "creation" awakens and goes on a killing spree.

Director:

Herbert L. Strock

Writers:

Herman Cohen (as Kenneth Langtry), Aben Kandel (as Kenneth Langtry)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Whit Bissell ... Prof. Frankenstein
Phyllis Coates ... Margaret
Robert Burton ... Dr. Karlton
Gary Conway ... Bob / Teenage Monster
George Lynn ... Sgt. Burns
John Cliff ... Sgt. McAffee
Marshall Bradford Marshall Bradford ... Dr. Randolph
Claudia Bryar ... Arlene's Mother
Angela Blake Angela Blake ... First Victim
Russ Whiteman Russ Whiteman ... Dr. Elwood
Charles Seel Charles Seel ... Mr. Sexton, the jeweler
Paul Keast ... Man at Crash
Gretchen Thomas Gretchen Thomas ... Woman in Corridor
Patrick Miller Patrick Miller ... Police Officer (as Pat Miller)
Joy Stoner Joy Stoner ... Arlene
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Storyline

Professor Frankenstein, a university lecturer with an alligator pit under his house, steals body parts of dead athletes from the wreckage of a crashed airplane. He builds a hunky male monster with a hideously disfigured face, which goes on a killing spree. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Taglines:

Body of a boy! Mind of a monster! Soul of an unearthly thing! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Des filles pour Frankenstein See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Santa Rosa Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

American International Pictures released this film to many drive-in theaters on a double bill with Blood of Dracula (1957) with the tag line: "Warning! Can You Take It? Fiendish! Frenzied! Frightening! It Will Haunt You For Days Afterwards!" See more »

Goofs

During one of the lab scenes a boom mic shadow is clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

Frankenstein: Speak. I know you have a civil tongue in your head because I sewed it back myself.
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Alternate Versions

I Was A Teenage Frankenstein had it's title shortened to simply "Teenage Frankenstein" when released in the UK. It had a slightly shorter running time as well, with British censors demanding some cuts. Most notably missing is a scene with actor Gary Conway's severed head in a birdcage. See more »

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Referenced in Brainscan (1994) See more »

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Better than you think
19 October 2000 | by lodger3See all my reviews

For years I avoided this film solely from the title and critic' comments about it. It was easy to label it as a bad film with the title it has, and it constantly appears on bad films lists. Recently I decided to watch as many Frankenstein films made by companies other than Universal as I could, and finally got around to this one. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this film, and how unfairly it had been judged by critics. It has a lot going for it, and my opinion was made by one scene in particular. The Monster had been kept in a cold, utilitarian lab under Dr. Frankenstein's plush opulent mansion, little seeing or knowing of the outside world. One night the lab door was accidentally left unlocked and he hesitantly ventures upstairs to the empty house. He enters Dr. Frankenstein's living room, in awe at all the splendor, his senses reeling at a world he never dreamed existed. Sitting down in a large stuffed chair, his body reacts to the soft cushions, experiencing comfort as never had before and almost melts into it. It is these moments of discovery that we get to know the Monster as a person, and not just a killing machine. Many films featuring a Frankenstein Monster use him as just a mindless brute with no personality or motivation. Teen-age Frankenstein, for faults in other areas, is one of the few to allow the Monster a goal: he expresses his loneliness and desire for companionship.

So for everyone who hasn't seen this film yet because of volumes of "Best of..." books, give it a try. You may not become a fan, but at least you'll see it for what it truly is.


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