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Doctor X (1932)

Unrated | | Comedy, Crime, Horror | 27 August 1932 (USA)
A wisecracking New York reporter intrudes on a research scientist's quest to unmask The Moon Killer.

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A monster lurks as New York newspaperman Lee Taylor investigates one of the "Moon Killer" murders, in which the victims are strangled, cannibalized and surgically incised under the light of the full moon. The trail leads to the cliffside mansion of Dr. Xavier, where the doctor and his colleagues conduct a strange experiment. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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Contrary to Technicolor's edict, Warner Brothers/Vitaphone shot a black-and-white version of "Doctor X." At least two scenes in the black-and-white version use different takes than the color one: the scene with Lee Tracy and Mae Busch in the house of prostitution scene and the sequence with Tracy in the skeleton room. See more »

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Although he supposed to be a medical doctor, Dr. Xavier mispronounces "scalpel." See more »

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Dr. Haines, Academy of Surgical Research: Professor, since we retired this body has been... It has been...
Dr. Jerry Xavier: I know, but I don't want her to know.
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Referenced in Hollywood's Top Ten: Scream Queens (2011) See more »

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Somebody's Wrong
(1923) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting and Henry I. Marshall
Lyrics by Ray Egan
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Beware The Full Moon & What It Brings!
22 January 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A creepy laboratory where eccentric doctors engage in bizarre experiments. An intrepid reporter & a beautiful young woman involving themselves in terrible danger. And a fiendish strangler who only strikes during the full moon...

DOCTOR X does have an absurd plot, but it is undeniably entertaining to watch. Much of the credit for this must go to the look of the film. Art Director Anton Grot designed some very spooky interior sets. The Max Factor make-up is striking. And both elements are enhanced because this was one of the first movies to be shot in two-strip Technicolor.

Lee Tracy, one of the most enjoyable actors of the early 1930's, plays another in his long line of fast-talking wise-crackers - this time a newspaperman out to get a big story. Fay Wray is lovely as always & gets to use her famous scream (a year before KING KONG). Lionel Atwill hams it up a bit as the instigator of many of the more unusual elements in the plot.


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