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Tales of Tomorrow - Frankenstein

episode 1.16

USA 1952
produced by
ABC
directed by Don Medford
starring John Newland, Lon Chaney jr, Mary Alice Moore, Raymond Bramley, Farrell Pelly, Peggy Allenby, Michael Mann (II), Allyn Edwards
screenplay by Henry Myers, based on the novel by Mary W. Shelley

TV-series
Tales of Tomorrow, Frankenstein, Frankenstein's Monster (Lon Chaney jr)

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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After he had dinner with his fiancée Elisabeth (Mary Alice Moore) and her father (Raymond Bramley) and sent hem on their way, scientist Frankenstein (John Newland) goes over to his lab to give life to the artificial human (Lon Chaney jr) he has created ... but the monster goes berserk, kills Frankensteins maid and is only stopped when it falls out of a window to his death (?).

Then Elizabeth and her dad return for no apparent reason - and suddenly the monster returns from its death as well, and since bullets can't stop it, Frankenstein figures electricity might do the trick, so he persuades Elizabeth and William - a young boy who stays at Frankenstein's place for no apparent reason - to lure the monter to him ... and everything ends happily when the good doctor manages to electrocute the monster.

 

Much has been written about this episode of Tales of Tomorrow, especially concerning the drunk Lon Chaney jr who to the end thought he was only doing a dress rehearsal when the whole thing was already broadcast live - which shows the best when Chaney picks up a chair to throw it, then puts it down again and only pretends to throw it to not ruin any props.

However, Chaney is not the problem of this little tale, he is actually pretty good, and apart from the one scene of confusion his drunkenness simply does not show. The real problem of the whole thing is the script that throws out all the subtleties of Mary W.Shelley's source novel in favour of a little game of tag involving a man in monster makeup - and even for a game of tag the script is poorly written. Add to this a flat direction (then television standard) with no feeling for atmosphere let alone horror and you're left with very little.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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