|Written by||Sam Hall|
|Directed by||Glenn Jordan|
|Music by||Robert Cobert|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||180 minutes|
|Production company||Dan Curtis Productions|
|Original release||January 16, 1973|
Frankenstein is a 1973 American television movie adaptation of Mary Shelley's 1818 novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus adapted by Sam Hall and Dark Shadows creator Dan Curtis, with Robert Foxworth in the title role and Bo Svenson as the Monster.
The Robert Cobert score was not original to this film. Cobert used musical cues from Dark Shadows and Dan Curtis' adaptation of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
The film was shown over two nights on ABC's Wide World of Mystery. Part 1 of the film was shown on the same night, and on the same network, as another of Curtis' productions, The Night Strangler. The film was quickly overshadowed by the more lavishly budgeted Frankenstein: The True Story which premiered later that same year.
At the time of its release, the film garnered praise. Variety called the film "extraordinary entertainment." The Los Angeles Times said it was "quite a handsome show, with huge, foreboding sets and a splendid array of special effects." Radu Florescu's In Search of Frankenstein declared it "probably the most faithful rendering the screen has yet seen."
Modern reviews have been less effusive with CHUD.com saying "Ultimately, I can’t recommend Dan Curtis’ Frankenstein, but it was fun to watch....No, it's not good television and it doesn't make a good movie, but it's faithful to the text and reminds me of an era long gone." Comingsoon.net said of the film "As a whole, “Frankenstein” is an admirable accomplishment but it's also unmistakably a work of its time with its shot on video, stage-bound look lending it the feel of a situation comedy or SNL sketch."