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Director:
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Robert Tasker (screen play) &
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Release Date:
27 August 1932 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Mightier than words can describe! See more »
Plot:
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Doctor X (1932) **1/2 See more (54 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)
 
Editorial Department
Blake Jones .... colorist: home video (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra
Bernhard Kaun .... composer: main and end title music (uncredited)
 
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76 min
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Color (2-strip Technicolor)
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Trivia:
For a time Warner Brothers did not have a print of the original Technicolor version and it was assumed to be lost. The Technicolor version was finally discovered and restored by the UCLA Archives.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:
Lee Taylor, Daily World Reporter:Are you going swimming with me in the morning?
Joanne 'Joan' Xavier:No thanks. Good night.
Lee Taylor, Daily World Reporter:What will you do if I start to sink and yell for help?
Joanne 'Joan' Xavier:Throw you an anvil. Good night!
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What does this film have to do with "The Return of Dr. X" (1939)?
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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Doctor X (1932) **1/2, 28 January 2006
Author: JoeKarlosi from U.S.A.

DOCTOR X is one of those heartbreaking films to watch for a fan of old horror movies, because it has so many wonderful things going for it yet just narrowly misses the mark of being really good due to a liability or two which could have been avoided. As is so often the case with early '30s fright films like this, the need was felt to add a "funnyman" to the proceedings to perhaps give audiences of the day a chance to laugh along with being scared. The culprit in this case is Lee Tracy, who plays a typical golden age newspaper reporter who snoops around and gets his nose tangled into everyone's business.

The "business" at hand is a string of killings in New York regarding a fiend who strangles people and then apparently cannibalizes them. Dr. Xavier (the always enjoyable Lionel Atwill) heads a group of doctors who are all suspects up for scrutiny, and though we have to deal with the frequent lapses into silliness from Mr. Tracy, this old chestnut is interesting and gripping a fair amount of its running time. Director Michael Curtiz does a fine job of visually entertaining us with strange angles, quick closeups and flashy set designs. An added delight is the early use of two-strip color that gives the film a rather eerie dimension with its muted greens. Fay Wray (KING KONG) steps into another early horror picture here, but really doesn't have much to do and isn't of much use to the story. There's a completely out of place beach scene with Wray and Tracy that will leave you wondering who thought it shouldn't be left on the cutting room floor (perhaps it was an excuse to get a pantie shot of Fay as she sunbathes under her big beach umbrella).

The film's strongest moment comes in a revelation sequence late in the movie where we finally get to see who the crazed murderer is, and it's still chilling even now to watch him go through his insane routine. You're bound to have the words "synthetic flesh" etched into your subconscious for a long time after seeing DOCTOR X, and if there's one thing you'll remember, this will be it. **1/2 out of ****

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