In March, 1910, the first film adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was released by Edison Studios. (Yes, that Edison.) The 12-minute silent film is most widely seen as the version most true to Shelley’s work, featuring a brash, young Dr. Frankenstein and a creature of enormous size, but minus the green skin and neck bolts.
Though the film reel itself is in bad shape, watch this for its old-style charms and theatrical acting – plus a pretty hilarious moment in monster manifestation. Hover around the three-minute mark to witness the creature’s creation in all of its preposterous glory. It’s certainly not Boris Karloff, but it is more the story Mary Shelley intended. For fans of her book, it’s a must see.