Fearless Frank


1h 18m 1969

Brief Synopsis

A country boy arrives in Chicago, gets killed by some gangsters, and returns to life with superhuman powers in this satirical look at movie genres.

Film Details

Also Known As
Frank's Greatest Adventure
MPAA Rating
Release Date
Dec 1969
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Jericho Productions
Distribution Company
American International Pictures
Country
United States
Location
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 18m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

Frank, an unsophisticated young man from the country, sets out to make his fortune in the city. En route he meets The Stranger, who is going to the city to write a book. The book becomes the story of Frank's adventures. Frank meets and falls in love with Plethora, but he is killed by gangsters (Needles, The Rat, Screwnose, and The Cat) when he tries to rescue Plethora from the clutches of The Boss, whose evil influence has engulfed the city. The Good Doctor revivifies Frank and imbues him with superhuman powers. Bullet-proofed and able to fly, Frank becomes the unwitting instrument of The Good Doctor in his battle against crime and evil. The Boss, upon learning of Frank, instructs Claude, the long-lost brother of The Good Doctor, to contrive to do away with Frank. Claude creates a monster, a shabby replica of Frank, but False Frank, as he is called, is easily vanquished in a showdown with his counterpart. Eventually, Frank's personality undergoes changes--he becomes overconfident and seduces Lois, the daughter of The Good Doctor, wantonly causing his benefactor to die of a broken heart. Simultaneously, as Frank becomes more "evil," False Frank acquires nobleness. He falls in love with Plethora, turns against his creator, and ultimately prevents Claude's planned destruction of the city.

Film Details

Also Known As
Frank's Greatest Adventure
MPAA Rating
Release Date
Dec 1969
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Jericho Productions
Distribution Company
American International Pictures
Country
United States
Location
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 18m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

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Trivia

Notes

Filmed on location in Chicago. Shown in 1967 at the Cannes Film Festival as Frank's Greatest Adventure; running time: 83 min.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1969

Released in United States May 1967

Shown at Cannes Film Festival May 1967 under title "Frank's Greatest Adventure."

John Voight makes his screen debut in this film.

Film marks Philip Kaufman's first solo directorial effort.

Shot in 1964.

Released in United States 1969

Released in United States May 1967 (Shown at Cannes Film Festival May 1967 under title "Frank's Greatest Adventure.")