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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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Love Those Two Colors! See more (49 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: end title music (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
76 min
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Color:
Color (2-strip Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
This is the film for which Michael Curtiz is quoted as saying, "This will make your blood curl!"See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: 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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)See more »
Soundtrack:
Black BottomSee more »

FAQ

What does this film have to do with "The Return of Dr. X" (1939)?
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33 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Love Those Two Colors!, 25 October 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

Wow, what a shock - a 1932 color movie! Well, sort of......only two colors, but they look great.

I only got this because I saw it at the library as part of a two-pack with "The Return Of Dr. X." It is part of a Hollywood "Legends Of Horror" package that includes several other films I am familiar with and think highly of, so I can see a possible future purchase.

Anyway, the first thing that struck me watching this was that fantastic two-strip Technicolor. Immediately there is a street scene of green and brown that looks tremendous....and eerie. You would think that only black-and-white might make this look eerie, but not so - that combination of green and brown was very effective and made this a fascinating visual film. Hats off to the UCLA film restoration team, which made this 75-year-old film look really good.

As for the story, well, let's just say it doesn't measure up to the visuals. It starts off looking like a fun movie, even - surprise - a comedy as the newsman "Lee Taylor" (Lee Tracy) cracks a few corny jokes. However, it settles down into a crime story (more than horror) and we wind up with a whodunit and a room full of suspects, a la Charlie Chan or Sherlock Holmes. The suspects are all scientists working in the Academy of Surgical Research. A bunch of recent hideous crimes by the "Moon Killer" were all done in the vicinity of the academy, so they're the prime suspects. Even the head man at the academy, "Dr. Xavier," looks a bit suspicious. He is played well by Lionel Atwill.

The police give "Dr. X" 48 hours to find out if any of his employees are the killer before they totally take over the investigation and ruin the reputation of the scientific institution. All of the scientists, by the way, look and act creepy which adds to the mystery. Heck, they all could be serial killers.

The film drags during much of that period - except for a short testing session that Dr. X sets up to see if any of his subordinates are, indeed, the killer. Apparently, it's true because someone kills one of the suspects during the experiment! Then there is another long lull and the cops are getting impatient with the good doctor. They give him another ultimate so he "tests" his employees again, this time using his daughter "Joanne" (Fay Wray) as a guinea pig, so to speak.

Then, we finally see who the real killer is and that part is fun to watch and he transforms into a hideous monster-like man. I guess this why the film is called a horror film instead of a crime movie. I won't give the ending away but I admit, it's pretty good.

If that long middle part had been spiced up a bit, this would have super, but it was too talky for too long. Still, this isn't bad and I love those two colors. I wish more movies looked like that.

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