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Doctor X (1932)

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A wisecracking New York reporter intrudes on a research scientist's quest to unmask The Moon Killer.

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Joanne Xavier
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Lee Taylor
Preston Foster ...
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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Storyline

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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Out-Thrills Them All!


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27 August 1932 (USA)  »

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O Monstro  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Contrary to Technicolor's edict, Warners 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 »

Goofs

In the opening scene of the film, Lee Tracy is shown strolling along the New York docks in search of news, when a body arrives at the Mott Street Morgue across the street. In reality, Mott Street, located in New York's old Chinatown district, is fairly well landlocked and nowhere near the either waterfront or dock areas. See more »

Quotes

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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Featured in I'm King Kong!: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Prelude in C Sharp Minor, Op.3 No.2
(1887) (uncredited)
Music by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Played on piano by an unidentified man at the Madame's house
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I Would Write Two Words, but It Would Spoil the Picture
4 October 2005 | by (Flushing, NY) – See all my reviews

A Full Moon Killer has been stalking the streets of New York and now has claimed a scrub woman as his latest victim. The police suspect the Academy of Surgical Research as the home of its killer, who the police believe has a vast knowledge of the human body and where the surgical knives found at the scene came from. Dr. Xavier (head of the Academy) believes this is nonsense, but decides to perform an experiment with the four main suspects (not including Xavier) doctors Wells, Rowitz, Haines, and Duke, to test their reactions to the mention of the crimes as well as reenactments. Xavier's daughter Joan teams up with annoying reporter Lee Taylor to find clues to the murders, but they have to act quickly when one of the doctors is killed and the next victim will be Joan, and no one in the academy will be able to stop him. Very entertaining horror film that did benefit from the two strip Technicolor process. Atwill, Wray, Foster, and Rosener gave very good performances, which however did seem to be overshadowed by all technical aspects of the film, Curtiz' direction, Rennahan's cinematography, and Westmore's makeup for the killer at the film's end. The obvious drawback to the film was the perennially annoying Lee Tracy as the reporter. Oh well, you can't have everything. Rating, 8.


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