I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (1957)




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Shown at local drive-ins with I Was a Teenage Werewolf, Teenage Frankenstein tells of a professor whose ancestral heritage may have already predisposed him to re-animate a poor teen. Directed by Herbert Strock, it is also known as I was a Teenage Frankenstein.
Comedy , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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American International Pictures


Whit Bissell
as Prof. Frankenstein
Phyllis Coates
as Margaret
Robert Burton
as Dr. Karlton
Gary Conway
as Teenage Monster
George Lynn
as Sgt. Burns
John Cliff
as Sgt. McAfee
Marshall Bradford
as Dr. Randolph
Claudia Bryar
as Arlene's Mother
Angela Blake
as Beautiful Girl
Russ Whiteman
as Dr. Elwood
Charles Seel
as The Jeweler
Paul Keast
as Man at Crash
Gretchen Thomas
as Woman in the Corridor
Joy Stoner
as Arlene
Larry Carr
as Young Man
Patrick Miller
as Police Officer
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Critic Reviews for I Was a Teenage Frankenstein

All Critics (10)

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Full Review… | August 7, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Fun schlock with one of best titles in B-film history.

April 30, 2007

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October 15, 2005

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June 13, 2005

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May 26, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A guilty pleasure romp with Bissell over-the-top as the crazed doctor who wants to carry on his ancestor's work.

September 21, 2004
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Audience Reviews for I Was a Teenage Frankenstein

A doctor who is ridiculed by his colleagues for his theories decides to create a being much in the way Baron von Frankenstein did years prior. He desires to create a super human being, not a monster, for the purposes of speeding up the purpose of selective breeding. He gets his parts when a couple of cars full of teenage party-goers get in a head-on crash. The person he creates is able to speak, think, is physically fit, and is a Christian. The creation escapes (of course) and kills (of course). Despite the movie's name, it is not a comedy - its actually a decent retelling of the Shelley story.


Campy fun with great lines like: "I know you have a civil tongue, I sewed it there!"

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

Teenage Frankenstein himself is a supporting character in his own story! Shameful. Campy but poorly-paced fun.

Jason Coffman
Jason Coffman

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