EDISON'S FRANKENSTEIN by Frederick C. Wiebel, Jr.


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Long after Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley published Frankenstein in 1816, the Edison Manufacturing Company created the first motion picture of the story as a single-reel film.

Author Frederick C. Wiebel Jr. reveals the complete, torturous story of the 1910 film version of Frankenstein in this 100th Anniversary edition. (This book does not contain a DVD.)

His highly researched book begins in the dusty archives of Thomas A. Edison and follows a trail of evidence that leads through the tattered pages of pre-Hollywood film history. Discover everything you ever wanted to know about the classic first Frankenstein film, including the casting, script rewrites, newly developed trick photography, censorship, its disappearance, the re-discovery, and the eventual release on DVD in the late 1970s.

Director J. Searle Dawley shot the film in three days at the Edison Studios in the Bronx, New York City. Stars included Charles Ogle, Augustus Phillips, and Mary Fuller.

The author draws from obscure Edison Manufacturing Co. documents and numerous rare photographs, many published for the very first time. Created in a style that appeals to all audiences, author Wiebel brings forth a living book from dead tissues. Edison's Frankenstein stands on its own in the world of horror films and is a welcome edition to any library.

288 pages.

"Of the over 400 books on Frankenstein that I have in my library, this is the gem of my collection and the one I've been waiting for." – Forrest J. Ackerman

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