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Director:
Writers:
Robert Tasker (screen play) &
Earl Baldwin (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
27 August 1932 (USA) See more »
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Out-Thrills Them All!
Plot:
A wisecracking New York reporter intrudes on a research scientist's quest to unmask The Moon Killer. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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"Synthetic" early horror film is fun despite a hokey plot... See more (50 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lionel Atwill ... Dr. Jerry Xavier

Fay Wray ... Joanne Xavier

Lee Tracy ... Lee Taylor
Preston Foster ... Dr. Wells

John Wray ... Dr. Haines
Harry Beresford ... Dr. Duke
Arthur Edmund Carewe ... Dr. Rowitz
Leila Bennett ... Mamie
Robert Warwick ... Police Commissioner Stevens

George Rosener ... Otto
Willard Robertson ... Detective O'Halloran
Thomas E. Jackson ... Daily World Editor (as Thomas Jackson)
Harry Holman ... Mike - Waterfront Policeman

Mae Busch ... Cathouse Madame
Tom Dugan ... Sheriff
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Raoul Freeman ... Morgue Detective (uncredited)
Selmer Jackson ... Willard Keefe - Daily World Night Editor (uncredited)
Charles McMurphy ... Detective at Headquarters (uncredited)
Ky Robinson ... Morgue Detective (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Curtiz 
 
Writing credits
Robert Tasker (screen play) &
Earl Baldwin (screen play)

Howard Warren Comstock (based on a play by) (as Howard W. Comstock) &
Allen C. Miller (based on a play by)

George Rosener  contributor to screenplay construction (uncredited)

Produced by
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Darryl F. Zanuck .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Ray Rennahan (photography)
Richard Towers (black and white version) (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
George Amy (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
Anton Grot 
 
Makeup Department
Ruth Pursley .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Ray Romero .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Al Alleborn .... assistant director (uncredited)
Marshall Hageman .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Herbert Plews .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Robert B. Lee .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Fred Jackman Jr. .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Thad Brooks Jr. .... assistant camera: Technicolor (uncredited)
Owen Crompton .... grip (uncredited)
Ellsworth Fredericks .... camera operator (uncredited)
W. Howard Greene .... second camera operator: Technicolor (uncredited)
Carl E. Guthrie .... second camera operator: black and white unit (uncredited)
Ernest Haller .... camera operator (uncredited)
Floyd Lee .... assistant camera: Technicolor (uncredited)
Scotty Welbourne .... still photographer (uncredited)
William Williams .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra
Bernhard Kaun .... composer: main and end title music (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
76 min
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Color (2-strip Technicolor)
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Trivia:
The New York waterfront sequences were shot on the still standing Twinkletoes (1926) set left over from the 1926 Colleen Moore vehicle, in which in stood in for London's Limehouse District.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Lionel Atwill as Dr Xavier leads the plain clothes police detectives on a tour of his academy, he introduces them to Dr. Haynes, saying, "This is Mister Stevens and Mister O'Halloran...they're making a tour of scientific research." Haynes suddenly takes Atwill aside and says with alarm, "Why did you bring the police in here? Get them out..." Atwill however, had made no mention to him of their being policemen.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Haines, Academy of Surgical Research:Were the murdered women... attacked?See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Glorious Technicolor (1998) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
AgitatoSee more »

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What does this film have to do with "The Return of Dr. X" (1939)?
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
"Synthetic" early horror film is fun despite a hokey plot..., 1 December 2005
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

When you think of it, everything about this film is strictly synthetic...the plot, the hokey comic relief, the occasional ham acting--but the atmosphere photographed in crisp looking two-strip Technicolor is fully charged and the taut direction of Michael Curtiz (long before he did another more polished noir called THE UNSUSPECTED), makes this a very watchable early horror film from Warner Bros.

The Anton Grot sets in early color will keep the viewer totally enhanced even when the plot holes become too obvious. The annoying comic relief supplied by Lee Tracy as a fast-talking newspaperman (was there any other kind?), is fortunately not much of a handicap when the cast includes an assortment of richly eccentric characters.

I have to confess I guessed who the murderer was from the start--but it didn't dampen my enjoyment of the melodramatic and very creepy events. The storyline concerns a killer known for striking when there's a full moon and Lionel Atwill is the doctor who thinks he can solve the crime by some scientific detective work of his own.

It's the sort of film that became a staple of the "old dark house" mysteries audiences loved in the '20s and '30s--and even into the '40s with films like THE CAT AND THE CANARY. None of it seems quite as compelling as some of the better known fright films (including MURDER IN THE WAX MUSEUM), but we do get a chance to hear some first rate screams from Fay Wray (who looks very attractive in close-ups even though the Max Factor make-up is a little too extreme), and the capable cast includes such sturdy performers as Lionel Atwill and Preston Foster.

Trivia note: The killer's synthetic flesh make-up is very effective when he's in full mode on the kill. Kudos to Michael Curtiz for a fun-filled fright film.

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