Frankenstein: The True Story

1973 film by Jack Smight

Frankenstein: The True Story is a 1973 American made-for-television horror movie. It is loosely based on the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

Frankenstein: The True Story
Distributed byNBC
Directed byJack Smight
Produced byIan Lewis
Hunt Stromberg Jr.
Written byDon Bachardy
Christopher Isherwood
Mary Shelley (novel)
StarringLeonard Whiting
Jane Seymour
David McCallum
James Mason
Michael Sarrazin
Clarissa Kaye
Music byGil Melle
CinematographyArthur Ibbetson
Editing byRichard Marden
CountryUnited States
Original runNovember 28 – 30, 1973
Running time182 minutes

The movie added the character of Dr Polidori. He was not in the original novel. He was based on the character of Dr. Pretorius from Bride of Frankenstein. He was named after the real-life John Polidori.

A notable part of the movie is that instead of being ugly from the start, the Creature is portrayed as physically beautiful. He becomes more ugly as the movie goes on. The make-up was by Hammer horror veteran artist Roy Ashton.

It was first broadcast in two 90-minute parts. It is often seen edited into a single movie. The first DVDwas released on September 26, 2006. Included at the beginning is a short intro. It has James Mason wandering through St John's Wood churchyard, London. He suggests that this is where Mary Shelley is buried. This is incorrect as she is in fact buried in the family plot in Dorset. The intro shows Mason standing beside a gravestone bearing her name.

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