Residing in an eerie hilltop mansion are Dr. Maria Frankenstein and her brother Rudolph, conducting the same bizarre and deadly artificial brain transplant experiments that forced them to flee their European homeland. In a nearby town, the legendary Jesse James and his companion, Hank Tracy, are caught in a gunfight that leaves Hank seriously wounded. Jesse brings back the only nearby doctor - the sinister Maria Frankenstein. Hank will be the perfect subject for her next experiment and Jesse the perfect target of her romantic desires. She successfully transplants an artificial brain into the skull of Hank, transforming him into a monstrous creature named Igor.
Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter was half of an infamous double feature that included Billy The Kid Vs. Dracula with John Carradine. Notorious for their low budgets, outlandish scripts and over-the-top performances, these films uniquely (if crudely) combined the horror and western genres for popular runs as kiddie matinees and Saturday morning TV horror movie shows. Over the years, these colorful and genuinely fun fright flicks have developed an avid following among bad movie lovers. This cowboys/Indians/monsters potpourri was directed by William Beaudine, who began his career in the silent era assisting D.W. Griffith. Beaudine churned out a long list of low budget movies, including several East Side Kids films, The Ape Man (1946) and Bela Lugosi Meets A Brooklyn Gorilla (1952). Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter (actually his granddaughter if you follow the plot) was Beaudine's last film and also features actor Jim Davis, who later went on to fame in the TV series "Dallas." John Lupton is best remembered for his co-starring role with Michael Ansara in the 1956 series "Broken Arrow."
When Jesse brings his wounded musclebound partner to the doctor, he soon wishes that he had picked a different physician. The doctor is Frankenstein's granddaughter (not withstanding the title) and she's a real pro at dismemberment and transplantation. A "Golden Turkey" nominee.
Good 1960's movie!
Movie Lover: Jerod Blayney from
Lincoln, NE US -- July, 8, 2005
I'm 35 and I've wanted to see this movie since I was 10. I always marveled at the still from this movie in Famous Monsters of Filmland and various Horror books. Had to buy this one to satisfy my decades of curiosity. While the box cover is certainly better than the actual movie (of course), this is still an enjoyable movie. Typical 1960's cornball film. How can you go wrong with cowboys and a Frankenstein monster? It lives up to it's cheesy title. Definately worth at least one viewing. I'm glad I finally got to see it.
I liked this a lot!
Movie Lover: Kevin William Wardle from
County Durham, England UK -- February, 7, 2005
Looking at the title you wouldn't think this would be a very good film! I love B-movies and I thought this was very good indeed for a B-movie!!! Very enjoyable. The acting is quite good and so are the effects. I think this is the only Horror/Western in film history, however I could be wrong...Alpha have done a good job with the disc again and the superb artwork!
The end of the road for director William "One Shot" Beaudine
Movie Lover: Dr. Maniac from
Benson, AZ -- May, 10, 2004
Actually it's the famous doctor's grand-daughter the western badman meets but gosh, JESSE JAMES MEETS FRANKENSTEIN'S GRANDDAUGHTER would have been a silly title, right? William "One Shot" Beaudine who directed the 1926 silent classic SPARROWS as well as the Bela Lugosi thrillers THE APE MAN and VOODOO MAN ended his feature film career with this low budget thriller that mixes 2 genres. Maria Frankenstein (Narda Onyx) and her cowardly brother Rudolf (Steven Geray) are experimenting with transplanting artificial brains into human subjects and they have managed to de-populate and entire Mexican village. All the subjects die, thanks to Rudolf injecting them with poison unknown to Maria. Jesse James (John Lupton, whom old timers will remember from the TV series "Broken Arrow") and his musclebound friend Hank (Cal Boulder, I'm guessing that isn't his real name) turn up at the mad doctor's front door. Hank has been wounded during a stagecoach holdup that went bad and he needs a doctor . . .even a mad doctor will do. Maria takes one look at his muscular physique and decides he is the perfect test subject. She also takes one look at Jesse and falls in love, proving she is not totally devoted to science! The brain transplant works, turning Hank into a human robot. Maria informs him "You are no longer Hank Tracy. You are now Igor!". Soon anyone who comes near the castle is prey for Hank's . . .I mean Igor's bone crushing grip. Even Jesse might become a victim. Is there any way he can stop Maria Frankenstien's plans and save his pal? This movie might not be a classic but it is the stuff of nostalgic Saturday matinees of long ago. Watch carefully for Nestor Paiva (CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, TARANTULA, THE MOLE PEOPLE, etc) in a small role and Jim Davis (MONSTER FROM GREEN HELL) as a marshall.
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