Tales of Frankenstein (1958)

USA, UK, 1958
35mm film, black and white, 4:3
mono, English

An American/British horror television pilot directed by Curt Siodmak. An aborted attempt by Hammer Films and Screen Gems to start an anthology horror show centred around the character of Baron Frankenstein. This pilot episode was made but the companies decided that it was unsatisfactory and subsequent episodes were scrapped.


Baron Frankenstein creates a monster by stitching together parts stolen from cadavers only to find that he can’t control it.


Directed by: Curt Siodmak
© MCMLVIII [1958] Screen Gems Inc.
A Hammer Film production. A Screen Gems film presentation, television subsidiary Columbia Pictures Corporation
Produced by: Michael Carreras
Associate Producer: Curt Siodmak
Teleplay by: Catherine and Henry Kuttner
Story by: Curt Siodmak
Assistant Director: Floyd Joyer
Director of Photography: Gert Anderson
Supervising Editor: Richard Fantl
Film Editor: Tony DiMarco
Westrex Recording System
Makeup by: Clay Campbell
Hair Styles by: Helen Hunt
Special Make Up Effects: Clay Campbell
Art Director: Carl Anderson
Set Decorator: James M. Crowe
Production Assistant: Seymour Friedman

Anton Diffring (Baron Von Frankenstein)
Helen Westcott (Christine)
Don Megowan (the monster)
Ludwig Stossel (Wilhelm)
Richard Bull (Max Halpert)
Raymond Greenleaf (doctor)
Peter Brocco (Gottfried)

Alternative Titles

The Face in the Tombstone Mirror



  • Dark Terrors no.2 (March/April 1992) pp.19-20 – illustrated article
  • Dark Terrors no.12 (June 1996) pp.17-19 – illustrated credits, production notes


  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.77, 354
  • Hammer House of Horror p.187 – credits
  • Hammer Story, The by Marcus Hearn and Alan Barnes pp.36-37 – illustrated article