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Doctor X
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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:
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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:
Color (2-strip Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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:
Revealing mistakes: As Dr. Xavier displays the wax figures of the murder victims, on the first figure, that of the "woman of the streets", the left hand can be seen trembling slightly.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Skin I Live In (2011)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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22 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
One of my Top Two Favs, 24 May 1999
Author: Norm Vogel (norm3vog@blast.net) from S. Bound Brook, NJ

As a collector of old mystery-horror-comedy films (over 700 in my collection!), "Dr. X" (& "Night Monster") rank as my Top Two Films of All-Time! And, that's quite a statement!

Why? The marvellously spooky sets by Anton Grot, the superstitious antics of the maid, plus the ad-libbing of Lee Tracey make this film a gem! The entire film is extremely "atmospheric" and the effects of the "monster" shadows on the walls, clutching hands, wind (machines!), and all the rest really add to it!

Sometimes I watch this film just to observe the SETS!

(If you see it, watch the scene where Lee Tracey is trying to get into the house on Blackstone Shoals....the "wind" is howling like crazy, but not many of the trees are moving! I LOVE it!)

If possible, try to watch this film in the original tri-color technicolor version, as it's a lot better!

A wonderfully creepy film!

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