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The Living Dead (1932)

Unheimliche Geschichten (original title)
A crazed scientist murders his wife, walls her up, then flees. A reporter sets out to track him down.

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Mörder
Maria Koppenhöfer ...
Hoheit
Blandine Ebinger ...
Junge Dame im Selbstmörderklub
Eugen Klöpfer ...
Chefarzt
Harald Paulsen ...
Frank Briggs, Journalist
Roma Bahn ...
Frau des Mörders
Mary Parker ...
Briggs' Fiancée
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Arzt in der Unfallstation
Gerhard Bienert ...
Kriminalkommissar
John Gottowt ...
Beamter des Mechanischen Museums
Erwin Kalser ...
Redner in der Irrenanstalt
Franz Stein ...
Kreisel in der Irrenanstalt
Gretel Berndt ...
Junges Mädchen in der Irrenanstalt
Ilse Fürstenberg ...
Frau in der Irrenanstalt
Carl Heinz Charrell ...
Portier in der Irrenanstalt
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A crazed scientist murders his wife, walls her up, then flees. A reporter sets out to track him down. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. See more »

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Edited into Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1943) See more »

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Journalist pursues mad scientist through bizarre places
9 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Unheimliche Geschichten" (1932) aka "Tales of the Uncanny" and "The Living Dead" is a well-done early horror movie. A journalist (Harald Paulsen) pursues a mad inventor-murderer (Paul Wegener) through several bizarre places. Each location is virtually a separate story, and each is intriguing, based as they are on stories by Poe and Stevenson.

This movie is permeated with very fine chiaroscuro lighting, making it worth seeing for that reason too. Expressionist touches also appear every so often. Fans of noir films will like what they see here.

The first sequence has Wegener in his basement, filled with devices he's inventing. He's disturbed by his wife whose black cat tips over a delicate apparatus. Paulsen, who has run out of the proverbial gas, happens onto the strange house. After Wegener's wife has gone missing, the police arrive with Paulsen. Wegener escapes and Paulsen follows. Wegener hides in a wax museum of horrors and murderers. He follows this up by fleeing into an insane asylum. This, the longest sequence, is bizarre because the inmates have taken over the place, endangering Paulsen.

A "banquet" scene leads to seriously deadly chaos, one reason why this film is often taken to be black comedy. However, in my view, the movie is serious and it's quite misleading to think of it as a satire on horror films or black comedy. There are no real laughs or snickers here except to those in a modern age who fear being caught actually liking an old film for what it is and insist on making fun of a work that actually is quite good and holds up after 83 years.

Once again Wegener escapes. Paulsen follows a lead that takes him to a house without an apparent door. This leads into the last long sequence that revolves around a suicide society. Wegener has created an interesting room that he uses to kill each victim who draws the Ace of Spades.


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