Frankensteins Daughter – 1958 Public Domain Horror!

I love this take on the “man creates monster” tale. This 1958 movie stars Donald Murphy as Oliver Frank (short for Frankenstein), grandson of the original monster maker. It is 1958, Los Angeles, and he is living with Dr. Carter Morton (Felix Locher) and assisting him with his experiments. Unbeknownst to Dr. Morton, Oliver is using the lab for not just legitimate experiments, but to try to carry on the “family business”, creating a human being from body parts.

Sandra Knight portrays Trudy Morton, Dr. Morton’s teenage niece. John Ashley is her good guy boyfriend, Johnny. To make a long story short, Oliver creates a woman monster using the head of Trudy’s va va voom friend Suzy (played by 1957 Playmate of the Year, Sally Todd) who was killed by Oliver in a jealous rage, and various other body parts, mostly male. The resulting monster with a female head, all be it butt ugly, and male body is hilarious to say the least. There is also a side story where Oliver is drugging Trudy with a drug that turns her into a monster because she won’t play hide the salami with him. The monster make up on both monsters is not scary, but laughable.

All teen oriented movies in the 1950’s had to have a few dance/song sequences with that new music, rock and roll, and this movie is no exception. Surprisingly enough, John Ashley doesn’t perform (he was a singer and sang in several 1950’s movies, most noticeably to 50’s scary movie fans in the movie “How to Create a Monster”). Instead, Harold Lloyd Jr. sings two songs with the Page Cavanaugh Trio. The songs are funny although I think they were meant to be serious back when the movie was released.

This movie has everything you would expect from a 1950’s low budget horror movie…cheap sets, grade b actors, crapola make up and cheezy song and dance routines. In other words, everything for a fun movie!
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Fun Fact

Director Richard E. Cunha recently recalled that, upon seeing the make-up for the title creature just before filming, he was so disappointed he left the set and broke down in tears.
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Plot Summary

Dr. Frankenstein’s insane grandson attempts to create horrible monsters in modern day L.A.
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Cast

John Ashley as Johnny Bruder
Sandra Knight as Trudy Morton
Donald Murphy as Oliver Frankenstein/Frank
Sally Todd as Suzie Lawler
Harold Lloyd Jr. as Don
Felix Locher as Dr. Morton
Wolfe Barzell as Elsu
John Zaremba as Lt. Boyle
Robert Dix as Det. Bill Dillon
Harry Wilson as the Monster

About Andrew

Co-founder & lead investigator of Paranormal Encounters. I've experienced the paranormal all my life, having encountered ghosts, angels and demons. I live in a haunted house and when not exploring and researching the unknown, I enjoy single malt Scotch whisky & potato chips (though not necessarily at the same time).