Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter (1966)

USA, 1966
83m, 88m
35mm film, Pathécolor, 1.85:1
mono, English
Reviewed at The EOFFTV Review

An American horror western directed by William Beaudine.

Plot Summary

On the run after being double-crossed during an attempted stagecoach robbery, outlaws Jesse James and a wounded Hank Tracy seek help and refuge from Maria and Rudolph Frankenstein, grandchildren of the infamous baron. Maria is continuing in the family tradition and sets her sights on Tracy who she intends to use in her bizarre brain experiments.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: William Beaudine
© 1965 Embassy Pictures Corp.
An Embsasy Pictures release. Circle Productions Inc. presents
Produced by: Carroll Case
Executive in Charge of Production: Sam Manners
Written by: Carl Hittleman
Assistant Director: Max Stein
Script Supervisor: Dorothy Cumming
Director of Photography: Lothrop Worth
Camera Operator: Lee Davis
Lighting Engineer: James Wooter
Supervising Film Editor: William Austin
Produced by: Raoul Kraushaar
Sound Engineer: Harold Lewis
Sound Effects: John Hall
Sound by: Ryder Sound Services
Mens [sic] Costumer: Charles Arrico
Ladies [sic] Costumer: Reneé Dietrich
Makeup: Ted Coodley
Hairdresser: Jeanné Bodel
Photographic Effects: Cinema Research Corp.
Art Director: Paul Sylos
Set Decorator: Harry Reif
Property Master: I. Robert Benton
Assistant to the Producer: Howard W. Koch Jr
Locations: Corriganville, Ray Corrigan Ranch, Simi Valley, California, USA *
Talent Coordinator: Ruth Burch

Cast
John Lupton [Jesse James]
Narda Onyx [Dr Maria Frankenstein]
Cal Bolder [Hank Tracy/Igor]
Estelita [real name: Estelita Rodriguez] [Juanita Lopez]
Jim Davis [Marshal MacPhee]
Steven Geray [Dr. Rudolph Frankenstein]
Rayford Barnes [Lonny Curry]
William Fawcett [Jensen the Pharmacist]
Nestor Paiva [saloon owner]
Roger Creed [Butch Curry]
Rosa Turich [Nina Lopez]
Felipe Turich [Manuel Lopez]
Fred Stromsoe [Stacy]
Dan White [Pete Ketchum]
Page Slattery [Deputy Andy]
Mark Norton [Francisco Lopez]

Alternative Titles

Jesse James contre Frankenstein – France (DVD)

See also
Billy the Kid versus Dracula (1966)

Extracts included in
100 Years of Horror: Baron Frankenstein (1996)
Cinemassacre’s Monster Madness: Dracula vs. Frankenstein (2010)
Elvira’s Movie Macabre: Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter (2011)
Frankenstein: A Cinematic Scrapbook (1991)
Out of this World Super Shock Show (2007)
TCM Underground: Billy the Kid vs. Dracula/Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter (2007)

Press

1974

Monthly Film Bulletin no.484 (May 1974) p.100
With script and direction proving equally frail, the film is only prevented from becoming the camper’s delight promised by the title by the fact that the cast plod through it all with a gravity hardly befitting the occasion. The one exception – and the film picks up momentum every time she makes an appearance – is Narda Onyx, who makes a richly overripe, querulously kinky prima donna of Frankenstein’s granddaughter. Whether lasciviously eyeing Hank Tracy’s bulging pectorals after thoughtfully stripping him to the waist (“What a brute he’ll make!”), or edging up to Jesse James with alarmingly amorous intent on a garden seat perched among the tombstones (“I need your strength !”), she makes the whole laborious exercise seem almost worthwhile. – from a review by Tom Milne

References

Periodicals

  • Castle of Frankenstein no.10 p.6
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.11 p.42
  • Daily Variety 9 July 1965 p.6 – note (Onyx plays ‘Daughter’)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin no.484 (May 1974) p.100 – credits, synopsis, review (by Tom Milne)
  • Variety 23 June 1965 p.4 – article (Proliferating small-budget U.S. fix on Joe Levine’s Embassy schedule)
  • Variety 27 March 2000 p.75 – mentioned in Lothrop Worth obituary

Books

  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) pp.181-182
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) pp.254; 255
  • Educational Institutions in Horror Film: A History of Mad Professors, Student Bodies, and Final Exams by Andrew L. Grunzke pp.55
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.229
  • Film Review 1975-76 by F. Maurice Speed (ed.) p.171
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.93 – credits, review
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.231 – credits
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.203, 204
  • Sixties Shockers by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn pp.249-250
  • Trashfiend: Disposable Horror Fare of the 1960s & 1970s Volume One by Scott Stine pp.112-114 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review; 115-117 – illustrated interview with Cal Bolder