Frankenstein: The True Story

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Frankenstein: The True Story
Distributed by NBC
Directed by Jack Smight
Produced by Ian Lewis
Hunt Stromberg Jr.
Written by Don Bachardy
Christopher Isherwood
Mary Shelley (novel)
Starring Leonard Whiting
Jane Seymour
David McCallum
James Mason
Michael Sarrazin
Clarissa Kaye
Music by Gil Melle
Cinematography Arthur Ibbetson
Editing by Richard Marden
Country United States
Language English
Original run November 28 – 30, 1973
Running time 182 minutes

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

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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