Frankenstein (feat. Joe Ruppel, History Nerd) : Episode 29

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What: The original 1931 adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Directed by: James Whale
Starring: Boris Karloff

Featuring guest co-host
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Joe Ruppel, history nerd

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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
The book that spawned a thousand adaptations. Featuring a bunch of crazy stuff that didn’t make it into the film. Like a visit to the north pole!
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Read it with your ears for free Project Gutenberg

Young Frankenstein
Possibly the best Mel Brooks movie. Probably our favorite Frankenstein adaptation. Brooks and Gene Wilder are just magical together.
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The Slip n Slide Scene from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Show Notes

Mary Shelley and The Book

Volcanoes and the year with no summer. Women writing books. Philosophers and children of philosophers.


The movie vs the book. The beginning of scifi. The ways that each broke boundaries in their own ways.


Was it scary at the time? The movie intro. Everything that’s cliché now was new once.

Playing God

Science, evil science, and playing god. The ethics of mad science.

Science Horror

How to take the cutting edge and make it a horror story. Electricity. X-rays. Quantum stuff. Nano bio tech now? Deepak Chopra is full of crap.


Good day, Miss Elizabeth.
Good day, Herr Moritz.
Good day, Herr Vogel.
Good day, Herr Baron.

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