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The main title on the print viewed, which was a British-release version, was Teenage Frankenstein, the film's title in Britain. The print was slightly shorter than the U.S. version due to cuts made by the British censorship board. There is a slight difference in the order of the opening and ending cast credits. The film was a follow-up to Herman Cohen's production I Was a Teenage Werewolf (see below) released earlier in the same year by American International Pictures (AIP). A modern source states that screenwriter "Kenneth Langtry" was a pseudonym for producer Cohen and Aben Kandel. The last 80 seconds of the black and white film-the monster's electrocution-are in Eastman Color by Path Lab.
In a June 10, 2003 Los Angeles Times article, Milt Moritz, a former AIP executive, stated that, early in the summer of 1957, a Texas theater chain advised AIP that they had open dates around Thanksgiving for a double bill. As was common practice at AIP, Moritz and other executives then thought up catchy titles and poster designs and sold the chain the double bill of I Was a Teenage Frankenstein and Blood of Dracula, which were then put into production. Moritz added, "The two pictures together cost $90,000 and we had them in the theaters in time for Thanksgiving."
For additional information about other films based on the character of Baron Frankenstein, created by Mary Shelley, please see the entry for the 1931 Universal Pictures film Frankenstein in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40.