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Director:
Writers:
Robert Tasker (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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Excellent, fast-moving creepy treat in two-strip Technicolor See more (48 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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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76 min
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Color (2-strip Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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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:
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:[to the Piano Player] Hey, Rachmaninoff - how 'bout the Prelude?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Skin I Live In (2011)See more »
Soundtrack:
AgitatoSee more »

FAQ

What does this film have to do with "The Return of Dr. X" (1939)?
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25 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Excellent, fast-moving creepy treat in two-strip Technicolor, 16 August 2004

Use of Technicolor in its early two-strip days was primarily reserved for musicals and comedies -it was rarely used for dramas. That's why it's such a treat to see how well it could be used in a production such as this, where cinematography is king. Only Michael Curtiz could light a set and create compositions that are enhanced by the limited pallet - only blues and reds registered here - of early Technicolor. One is reminded of the red and blue hues of 3-D comic books.

This is a visual treat - the sets and the cinematography are the whole show.

Tight direction, excellent use of close-ups, and a rapid running time all make this a true cinematic classic. I grew up on the black and white version shown on television and now can't imagine it in any but the Technicolor original.

However, the script is shot full of holes. How did Lee Tracy know it was a scrub woman who was killed when the body arrived at the morgue and how did he know who accompanied the police into the morgue since they were all concealed in a vehicle and he was hiding behind a barrel on the wharf? How did the killer know Tracy was hiding in the skeleton closet and why is there a hole in the wall for passing gas through? There were five murders up until the washerwoman's death that starts the film, yet the wax models displayed in the mansion only cover the first four. How did the red liquid in the tube reach enormous heights during the first experiment when the killer was loose and not attached to the apparatus? Why was one of the doctors killed? Most importantly, how did the killer have the time (between setting up the experiment and actually appearing to claim a new victim) to create the synthetic flesh attached arm and face enhancements?

These only come to mind when critically viewing the film and looking for loopholes. If you're about sheer entertainment and viewing pleasure, you're hooked from the first reel and you believe everything you see.

A great horror film and a rarity in two-strip Technicolor. Add it to your collection - and thanks to UCLA for restoring it.

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