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Frankenstein, 1910

Directed by J. Searle Dawley, starring Augustus Phillips (Frankenstein), Charles Stanton Ogle (the Creature), Mary Fuller. Edison Film Company.

In this silent short, the first film version of Frankenstein, Frankenstein creates the Creature from a vat of chemicals in an early use of movie special effects. Edison's version was more faithful to the original story than many subsequent adaptations. The movie's original run went from 16 March to 31 March, 1910.

Only one print of the Edison film is known to survive, and is not readily available. Edison's Frankenstein (1990), a recent short film, uses stills to reconstruct the original.

The next significant Frankenstein movie, and the first feature-length version, was Life Without Soul (1915).