Written bySam Hall
Dan Curtis
Directed byGlenn Jordan
StarringRobert Foxworth
Susan Strasberg
Bo Svenson
Music byRobert Cobert
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducerDan Curtis
CinematographyBen Colman
EditorDennis Virkler
Running time180 minutes
Production companyDan Curtis Productions
Original networkABC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original releaseJanuary 16, 1973 (1973-01-16)

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.[1]

The film was shown over two nights on ABC's Wide World of Mystery.[2] Part 1 of the film was shown on the same night, and on the same network, as another of Curtis' productions, The Night Strangler.[3] The film was quickly overshadowed by the more lavishly budgeted Frankenstein: The True Story which premiered later that same year.[4][3]


At the time of its release, the film garnered praise. Variety called the film "extraordinary entertainment."[4] The Los Angeles Times said it was "quite a handsome show, with huge, foreboding sets and a splendid array of special effects."[4] Radu Florescu's In Search of Frankenstein declared it "probably the most faithful rendering the screen has yet seen."[4]

Modern reviews have been less effusive with 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."[5] 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."[6]

See also


  1. ^ Thompson 2009, p. 96.
  2. ^ Deal 2014, p. 69.
  3. ^ a b Deal 2014, p. 71.
  4. ^ a b c d Thompson 2009, p. 97.
  5. ^ Van Dreason 2008.
  6. ^ Allard 2007.