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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus was written in response to a challenge laid down at a party and was later adopted by many radio renditions.

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FrankensteinThanks mostly to the 1931 Universal Horror film Frankenstein starring Boris Karloff, there is a lot that the general public simply gets wrong about Mary Shelley's timeless story. Probably the most important thing that people get wrong is that Karloff does not play Frankenstein, his over-sized, square-headed, and stitched-together character is Frankenstein's monster. Victor Frankenstein was a scientist who experiments with chemistry, alchemy, and the then new techniques of galvanic electricity and uses parts from different recently deceased corpses to create a new living being.

The "Universal Monsters" had an important role in saving the studio from financial ruin at the beginning of the Great Depression. Universal was "on the ropes" after losing $2.2 million in revenues 1930. When Dracula (1931) starring Bela Lugosi was released in February it very quickly brought in $700,000 profits, and studio boss Carl Laemmle Jr. declared that Monster Movies were going to be Universal's bread and butter for the foreseeable future. Lugosi expected to play Victor Frankenstein in the upcoming film, but Laemmle wanted him to play the monster. Unfortunately, the makeup designed for Lugosi was disastrous and the Hungarian Star left the project. The opening credits would list the Monster as played by "?", but Karloff was listed in the end credits. He went on to play the monster in The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and The Son of Frankenstein (1939), and he also played "mad scientist" Dr. Gustav Niemann in the "monster rally" feature The House of Frankenstein (1944) featuring David Carradine as Dracula, Lon Chaney Jr. as the Wolfman, Glenn Strange as the Monster.

FrankensteinMary Shelley's Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus was written in response to a challenge laid down at a party attended by Mary, her fiancé Percy Shelly, Lord Byron, and John Polidori. The group decided to see who could write the best horror story, and 18-year-old Mary, who claimed the story came to her in a dream, was determined to win. Shelley's novel would infuse elements of Gothic Horror, the Romantic Movement, occult, and is cited as an early example of Science Fiction.

Shelley's original story is the inspiration for a thirteen-part 1938 serial from the branch of Transco Syndications. Karloff is featured in air trailers for Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Son of Frankenstein, and House of Frankenstein, and plays the Monster opposite Santa Claus on It's Time to Smile. Suspense, The Weird Circle, and The Witch's Tale all present versions of the original story.

See also: Mad Scientists in Old Time Radio.

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    total playtime 7 hours, 46 min
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      29 shows - total playtime 7 hours 46 minutes
      1. Boris Karloff Bride Of Frankenstein.mp3
      2. Boris Karloff Frankenstein.mp3
      3. Boris Karloff House Of Frankenstein.mp3
      4. Boris Karloff Son Of Frankenstein.mp3
      5. CBSRMT 740319 059 Frankenstein Revisited.mp3
      6. Duffys Tavern 450112 154 Frankenstein With Boris Karloff.mp3
      7. Favorite Story 471213 014 Frankenstein.mp3
      8. Frankenstein Castle Hoax 520000.mp3
      9. Frankenstein Part01.mp3
      10. Frankenstein Part02.mp3
      11. Frankenstein Part03.mp3
      12. Frankenstein Part04.mp3
      13. Frankenstein Part05.mp3
      14. Frankenstein Part06.mp3
      15. Frankenstein Part07.mp3
      16. Frankenstein Part08.mp3
      17. Frankenstein Part09.mp3
      18. Frankenstein Part10.mp3
      19. Frankenstein Part11.mp3
      20. Frankenstein Part12.mp3
      21. Frankenstein Part13.mp3
      22. Its Time To Smile 411217 055.mp3
      23. Jack Berch 470829.mp3
      24. Sealed Book 450729 020 Beware Of Tommorrow.mp3
      25. Suspense 521103 485 Frankenstein.mp3
      26. Suspense 550607 601 Frankenstein.mp3
      27. Vintage Commercials Frankenstein.mp3
      28. Weird Circle 440220 26 Frankenstein.mp3
      29. Witch Tale 310803 010 Frankenstein.mp3
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      29 shows - total playtime 7 hours 46 minutes
      1. Boris Karloff Bride Of Frankenstein.mp3
      2. Boris Karloff Frankenstein.mp3
      3. Boris Karloff House Of Frankenstein.mp3
      4. Boris Karloff Son Of Frankenstein.mp3
      5. CBSRMT 740319 059 Frankenstein Revisited.mp3
      6. Duffys Tavern 450112 154 Frankenstein With Boris Karloff.mp3
      7. Favorite Story 471213 014 Frankenstein.mp3
      8. Frankenstein Castle Hoax 520000.mp3
      9. Frankenstein Part01.mp3
      10. Frankenstein Part02.mp3
      11. Frankenstein Part03.mp3
      12. Frankenstein Part04.mp3
      13. Frankenstein Part05.mp3
      14. Frankenstein Part06.mp3
      15. Frankenstein Part07.mp3
      16. Frankenstein Part08.mp3
      17. Frankenstein Part09.mp3
      18. Frankenstein Part10.mp3
      19. Frankenstein Part11.mp3
      20. Frankenstein Part12.mp3
      21. Frankenstein Part13.mp3
      22. Its Time To Smile 411217 055.mp3
      23. Jack Berch 470829.mp3
      24. Sealed Book 450729 020 Beware Of Tommorrow.mp3
      25. Suspense 521103 485 Frankenstein.mp3
      26. Suspense 550607 601 Frankenstein.mp3
      27. Vintage Commercials Frankenstein.mp3
      28. Weird Circle 440220 26 Frankenstein.mp3
      29. Witch Tale 310803 010 Frankenstein.mp3
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    29 recordings on 8 Audio CDs
    total playtime 7 hours, 46 min

    Frankenstein Disc A001

    1. Boris Karloff Bride Of Frankenstein
    2. Boris Karloff Frankenstein
    3. Boris Karloff House Of Frankenstein
    4. Boris Karloff Son Of Frankenstein
    5. Frankenstein Part01
    6. Frankenstein Part02
    7. Frankenstein Part03
    8. Frankenstein Part04

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    Frankenstein Disc A002

    1. Frankenstein Part05
    2. Frankenstein Part06
    3. Frankenstein Part07
    4. Frankenstein Part08
    5. Frankenstein Part09

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    Frankenstein Disc A003

    1. Frankenstein Part10
    2. Frankenstein Part11
    3. Frankenstein Part12
    4. Frankenstein Part13
    5. Vintage Commercials Frankenstein

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    Frankenstein Disc A004

    1. Witch Tale 310803 010 Frankenstein
    2. Its Time To Smile 411217 055

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    Frankenstein Disc A005

    1. Weird Circle 440220 26 Frankenstein
    2. Duffys Tavern 450112 154 Frankenstein With Boris Karloff

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    Frankenstein Disc A006

    1. Sealed Book 450729 020 Beware Of Tommorrow
    2. Jack Berch 470829

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    Frankenstein Disc A007

    1. Favorite Story 471213 014 Frankenstein
    2. Frankenstein Castle Hoax 520000
    3. Suspense 521103 485 Frankenstein

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    Frankenstein Disc A008

    1. Suspense 550607 601 Frankenstein
    2. CBSRMT 740319 059 Frankenstein Revisited

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