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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 »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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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

The barrel lock on the lab door does not have a bolt. This can be seen most clearly when the edge of the door is visible when Margaret opens the door with her copy of the key. See more »

Quotes

Frankenstein: In this laboratory there is no death until I declare it so.
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Featured in The Sci-Fi Boys (2006) See more »

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3/10 **/5 ~ Gory, gloomy, glum garbage.
15 August 2001 | by Doctor_MabuseSee all my reviews

Cheapjack producer Herman Cohen quickly cranked out this depressingly crass opus to capitalize on the surprise success of his much superior I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957), starring Michael Landon.

I Was a Teenage Frankenstein has a great exploitation title and a few taboo-breaking gore scenes but little else than unwitting camp and curio value to recommend it. Reliable actors Whit Bissell (as Dr. Frankenstein) and Phyllis Coates (Lois Lane of Superman fame) struggle valiantly with the schlocky material but are unable to get any fun out of the poor script. Young Gary Conway, all muscles and no personality, is an unimpressive Monster with a ludicrous putty face.

Cohen also produced Blood of Dracula (1958), a female remake of I Was a Teenage Werewolf with no Dracula in sight, and How to Make a Monster (1958), which pitted the Teenage Frankenstein (Conway again) against the Teenage Werewolf. All three follow-ups to I Was a Teenage Werewolf suffered from unintelligent scripting and dull, unimaginative direction by Herbert L. Strock.

The best bad Fifties Teenage Frankenstein movie, in all its goofy glory, is Richard Cunha's Frankenstein's Daughter (1958).


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