Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter (1966)

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Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter (1966)

Post  BoG on Fri Mar 05, 2010 4:48 pm

FreeClassicsMovies wrote:Released on March 30, 1966: Dr. Frankenstein's daughter moves to the old west
where there are lots of lightning storms for her experiments, and hooks up with outlaw Jesse James.
Directed by William Beaudine
Written by Carl K. Hittleman.
The Actors: John Lupton (Jesse James), Narda Onyx (Dr. Maria Frankenstein), Cal Bolder (Hank Tracy and Igor),
Estelita Rodriguez (Juanita Lopez), Jim Davis (Marshall MacPhee)

If I followed the exposition correctly during the mad scientist lady's tirades in the first act, she is actually the famed Victor Frankenstein's granddaughter; her father had been a weakling (as described by her) who never went beyond paperwork in his experiments. She and her timid brother have moved from Vienna to this locale, a town in the American Southwest near the Mexican border, so that she could conduct her experiments during the electrical storms which are so prevalent here. Her activity has caused a lot of nervousness among the locals, notably a fiery young Mexican woman. Ms. Frankenstein determines that she needs a live specimen - a big, strong man who can survive the electrical jolt. Jesse James' sidekick (Cal Bolder), built like a bodybuilder, fits the bill. This film is famous for Bolder being shirtless in almost all his scenes and later with a shaved head, also with stitches. He becomes this film's version of the famous monster of Frankenstein, a mindless automaton who may be the first in a superhuman army of obedient servants. Also with Jim Davis as the Marshall (Davis couldn't get away from this stuff - he later had a role in Dracula vs. Frankenstein-1971). The pace is quite slow.  BoG's Score: 4 out of 10

Star Trek TOS Actor Alert: Bolder had a role in the episode Friday's Child, as one of the big, tall natives on an alien planet
Frank Trivia: the director was also known as "One Take" Beaudine, according to audio commentary by Joe Bob Briggs, getting those films done quickly; he did a lot of these low budgeters for a fee of $500 each
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