Life without Soul (1916)

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Life Without Soul was nothing more nor less than Mary Shelley's Frankenstein -- though the main character has been rechristened "Victor Frawley." A bold medical student, Frawley (William A. Cohill) is obsessed with the notion of creating synthetic life. Using what was described in the studio synopsis as a "life-giving fluid," Frawley stitches together a living, breathing creature (Percy Darrell Standing) of enormous size and strength. Unfortunately, without a soul the Creature has no concept of Right or Wrong, and havoc and tragedy ensue. Though the first film version of Frankenstein, a one-reeler produced by Edison in 1910, still exists, this first feature-length version has unfortunately disappeared, leaving behind only a few tantalizing production stills (none of which offer a full view of Frawley's monster).

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life, soul