Supernatural (1977)
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Night of the Marionettes 

When a noted English literary critic visits the villa in Switzerland where the novel "Frankenstein was written, he begins to wonder whether the inspiration for the novel came from Mary ... See full summary »


Alan Cooke


Robert Muller


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Episode complete credited cast:
Gordon Jackson ... Howard Lawrence
Kathleen Byron ... Elsbeth Lawrence
Vladek Sheybal ... Herr Hubert
Pauline Moran ... Mary Lawrence
Sydney Bromley ... Otto
Norma Shebbeare Norma Shebbeare ... Minna
Andre Van Gyseghem Andre Van Gyseghem ... Sir Francis
Frederick Radley Frederick Radley ... Old Man
Ian Bamforth Ian Bamforth ... Hans
Linda Roberts Linda Roberts ... Eva
Alan Starkey ... Black Murderer Marionette
Joyce Graeme Joyce Graeme ... White Princess Marionette
Arthur Sweet Arthur Sweet ... Magician Marionette


When a noted English literary critic visits the villa in Switzerland where the novel "Frankenstein was written, he begins to wonder whether the inspiration for the novel came from Mary Shelley's imagination, or from something much more real - and terrifying. Written by Irishlass240 (

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30 July 1977 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Supernatural: NIGHT OF THE MARIONETTES {TV} (Alan Cooke, 1977) **1/2
27 October 2013 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

I came by pure coincidence on this, yet another segment from Robert Fuller's interesting but obscure (in every sense) British TV series, while performing a "You Tube" search for more MYSTERY AND IMAGINATION (1966-1970) episodes! Like the previous ones I caught a few days ago from the same source, the print quality is far from optimal and time coded throughout; this particular entry is also plagued by intermittent audio issues which required me to alter the volume as it played out! Anyway, as with the other two episodes I watched, the main narrative of this is retold in flashback to a gathering of disbelieving men; here the raconteur is a long-white-haired Gordon Jackson – who, on his quest to chronicle what really went on in the Villa Deodati in that haunted Summer of 1816 in Geneva – lands his wife (the aptly-named Kathleen Byron) and daughter in Vladek Sheybal's pretty vacant guest-house. The enigmatic exploits of Lord Byron, Percy and Mary Shelley and John Polidori – which spawned the publication of the latter's "Frankenstein" and "The Vampire" respectively – will later also engage the imaginations of Ken Russell in the maligned Gothic (1986) and Ivan Passer in the ultra-rare HAUNTED SUMMER (1988). What we have here, however, is that Sheybal's previous lodgers were transformed into life-size (and very rowdy) marionettes for his own act and one of them – dressed as Frankenstein's Monster, no less! – runs amok and assaults Jackson's daughter who, in the meantime, seems to have become possessed by the spirit of the latter's literary creator herself! Incidentally, I have two (or three) more adaptations of "Frankenstein" to go through before this ongoing Halloween Challenge reaches its conclusion...

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