Frankenstein Film (1910)

The first adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was released on March 18, 1910 in the United States and it was only a 12-minute film. It was made by Edison Studios and it was written and directed by J. Searle Dawley. The main cast included Augustus Phillips as Dr. Frankenstein, Charles Ogle as the monster, and Mary Fuller as Elizabeth.

Since the film is only 12 minutes long, most of the details are missing from the novel. The monster is created in what looks like a potion, rather than with body parts and electricity. The monster also begins as a skeleton instead. There is a fight between Dr. Frankenstein and the monster but they never show him killing any of Dr. Frankenstein’s family members until the night of his wedding with Elizabeth and the monster tries to kill her.

It’s quite interesting that in 1910 such a film was even able to be made. It is clear that filming wasn’t a top technology at the time but they still did a decent job outlining the premise of the novel.

Here’s the film for your viewing!

Film taken from “Timeless Classic Movies” youtube channel.


5 thoughts on “Frankenstein Film (1910)

  1. Awesome post! I did not know the first adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel was made in 1910. It is incredible to imagine that there is still new adaptations nowadays!

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  2. It is indeed interesting that a movie of quite a good quality was made at that time. The fact that it is silent gives a different vibe to it. It is quite different from the novel but it has been capable to captivate me for 12 minutes.
    To add to this, your analysis is well done. We could only read your post and not watch the video and still being able to know what happens in the movie.
    Thanks for this little movie about Frankenstein. Good job!


  3. Yes, it really is an interesting piece of film history. I had never seen it before doing this blog. I’m glad I was able to discover it and watch it. The silent aspect of it is intriguing, the fact that they are able to tell a story without speaking is really cool!

    Thanks for your comment!


  4. This is really interesting. I love learning about the differences between the book and the adaptation. The fact that you added a link to a video was super fun and added something more interactive to your post.

    Laura P.

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