Doctor Franken (1980)

Genres - Horror, Science Fiction  |   Sub-Genres - Creature Film  |   Run Time - 99 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

This TV movie might just as well have been titled Frankenstein Takes Manhattan. Robert Vaughn stars as Doctor Franken, a dedicated Manhattan medico who becomes obsessed with the theory of artificial life. This is understandable, since the doctor is a descendant of a certain foreign gentleman named Frankenstein. He takes an arm here and an organ there from his hospital's storage bank and tries to repair the cadaver of an unclaimed accident victim. The result is a complex creature named John Doe (Robert Perrault), a reasonably friendly chap who has inherited the character traits and emotions of all those people whose body parts he has "borrowed". To their credit, everyone involved in Doctor Franken takes the script seriously--perhaps too seriously for any network or sponsor to care enough to purchase this pilot film for a weekly series berth.



Frankenstein, body-parts, brain-transplant, corpse, descendant, doctor, human-body [anatomy], identity, obsession, accident, donation, rebuilding, injury, organ-donor, reconstruction, surgery, youth