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Doctor X (1932)

Unrated | | Crime, Horror, Mystery | 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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Lee Taylor
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Dr. Wells
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Dr. Haines
Harry Beresford ...
Dr. Duke
Arthur Edmund Carewe ...
Dr. Rowitz
Leila Bennett ...
Mamie
Robert Warwick ...
Police Commissioner Stevens
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Otto
Willard Robertson ...
Detective O'Halloran
Thomas E. Jackson ...
Daily World Editor (as Thomas Jackson)
Harry Holman ...
Mike - Waterfront Policeman
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Cathouse Madame
Tom Dugan ...
Sheriff
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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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Warner Bros. paid $5,000 for the rights to the play. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Mamie, Xavier's Maid: Something tells me if I go in that room tonight, tomorrow I'll be... in my coffin!
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Spoofed in The Mad Doctor (1933) See more »

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Black Bottom
(1926) (uncredited)
Music by Ray Henderson
Hummed by Lee Tracy while imprisoned in the closet
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Great old champ!
29 June 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Don't even try to compare this wonderful old WArner Brothers thriller from l934 with today's thrillers. It was made at a time long gone when atmosphere, sets, lighting and camerawork were king. I adore getting this movie out at least once a month along with "Mystery of the Wax Museum" and "Night Monster" (another reviewer has also cited "Night Monster" as the classic it is)turn out the lights and lose myself in the early Technicolor two-strip photographey which is beautifully pastel and atmospheric in its eerie greens, pinks, crimson and gold. The Anton Grot sets are unforgettable. The cast of Hollywood's greatest character actors throw themselves into their roles (I doubt they had any other choice. After all, the demonic Michael Curtiz was cracking the whip as director). Fay Wray is pretty and screams now and then. Most irritating of all is Lee Tracey as the relentlessly wise-cracking reporter. Glenda Farrell had the same role in "Mystery of the Wax Museum" also filmed in early color and she was fantastic. A great old thriller, set in a remote mansion by the sea. The monster is terrifying. Ironically, you never see any carnage, blood or torture. Hats off to those long-ago film masters who knew how to do things right.


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