Saturday, March 24, 2012

Edison's Frankenstein

Back in 1910, The Edison Company produced the first ever motion picture version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.  The film was though lost for almost three quarters of a century, until it was revealed to be in the possession of a private collector in the 1970's.  Alois F. Dettlaff purchased the film from his mother, who was also a film collector, in the early 1950's...not realizing what he had until about 20 years later.

In the  1960's, there was a March 15, 1910 edition of Edison's film catalog, called The Edison Kinetogram, which had a full plot synopsis and several stills from the film as well.

The film was shot at Edison Studios in the Bronx, New York and allegedly Edison himself may have been a producer, though it has not been confirmed.  The film was directed in three days by J. Searle Dawley

The film is now in the public domain and able to be viewed in it's entirety on YouTube.....which of course I have provided the link for below....enjoy!

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