Frankenstein (1910)

16m, 297.18 metres
35mm film, black and white (tinted), 1.33:1

An American horror film directed by J. Searle Dawley. It is the earliest known adaptation of Mary Shelley's novel ; or, The Modern Prometheus and was, for many years, believed to have been lost. It was rediscovered in the mid-1970s when Wisconsin film collector Alois F. Dettlaff realised that his print was possibly the last in existence.

Plot Summary

Medical student Frankenstein becomes obsessed with creating a perfect human being through . He's only partially successful however, ending up with a misshapen monstrosity. Frankenstein is so mortified by what he's done that he falls ill and the monster flees. But on Frankenstein's wedding night, the monster returns…


Director: J. Searle Dawley
Edison Company
Producer: Thomas A. Edison
Scenario: J. Searle Dawley
Novel: Mary Shelley

Charles Ogle (the monster)
Augustus Phillips (Frankenstein)
Mary Fuller (Elizabeth)

See also
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)



  • MonsterScene no.4 (March 1995) pp.6-7 – article (Silent Screams by MJ Simpson)


  • Aurum Encyclopedia of Film, The: Horror (2nd edition) by Phil Hardy (ed) p.17 – illustrated credits, review
  • Fantastic Films of the Decades Volume 1: The Silent Era by Wayne Kinsey p.9 – illustrated article
  • by Walt Lee p.148 – credits
  • Universal Filmscripts Series, Classic Horror Films Vol.1 – Frankenstein pp.18-21 – facsimile of ‘Dramatic Synopsis' and ‘Dramatic Assembly'