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Director:
Writers:
Garnett Weston (story)
Garnett Weston (dialogue)
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Release Date:
4 August 1932 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Dead Walk Among Us! See more »
Plot:
A young man turns to a witch doctor to lure the woman he loves away from her fiance, but instead turns her into a zombie slave. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
A lost classic that has finally been found. See more (126 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bela Lugosi ... 'Murder' Legendre

Madge Bellamy ... Madeline Short Parker
Joseph Cawthorn ... Dr. Bruner
Robert Frazer ... Charles Beaumont
John Harron ... Neil Parker
Brandon Hurst ... Silver
George Burr Macannan ... Von Gelder - Zombie (as George Burr MacAnnan)
Frederick Peters ... Chauvin - Zombie
Annette Stone ... Maid
John Printz ... Ledot - Zombie
Dan Crimmins ... Pierre - Witch Doctor
Claude Morgan ... Zombie
John Fergusson ... Zombie
Velma Gresham ... Tall Maid
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Clarence Muse ... Coach Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
Victor Halperin 
 
Writing credits
Garnett Weston (story)

Garnett Weston (dialogue)

William B. Seabrook  novel "The Magic Island" (uncredited)

Produced by
Edward Halperin .... producer
Phil Goldstone .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Arthur Martinelli 
 
Film Editing by
Harold McLernon  (as Howard McLernon)
 
Art Direction by
Ralph Berger 
 
Makeup Department
Carl Axzelle .... makeup artist (as Carl Axcelle)
Jack P. Pierce .... makeup artist (as Jack Pierce)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Cody .... assistant director
Herbert Glazer .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Conrad Tritschler .... sets
 
Sound Department
L.E. Clark .... sound engineer
 
Special Effects by
Howard A. Anderson .... special effects (as Harold Anderson)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Bohny .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jockey Arthur Feindel .... camera operator (uncredited)
Enzo A. Martinelli .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Abe Meyer .... music supervisor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Herbert Farjeon .... dialogue director
Sidney Marcus .... assistant to producer
 
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Runtime:
69 min | USA:67 min (Roan restoration) | Canada:85 min (Ontario)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (2004) (self applied) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1991) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Trivia:
According to friends of Bela Lugosi, the actor always regretted that he had taken the role of "Murder" Legendre for only $800 while the film was quite successful at the box office for the Halperin brothers.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Madeline sees Legendre's face in her wine, she begins to set the glass down with both hands, mostly using her left. In the next shot, her right hand holds the cup and her left is on the table. Also, the position of her head changes between shots, from looking slightly up to looking directly ahead.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Neil Parker:Looks like a burial.
Madeline:In the road?
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Sicko (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)See more »

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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A lost classic that has finally been found., 4 October 2001
Author: reptilicus from Vancouver, Canada

WHITE ZOMBIE is one of those rare early talkies where everything fits just right. Rumours have circulated for years that Bela Lugosi himself actually directed part, if not all, of the movie. Having seen all of the movies made by the Halperin Brothers in the 30's this is deffinitely the best, but DID Bela direct it? There is a quality in this film lacking from all other Halperin films. In many scenes the technique seems to have been borrowed from German silent films and Bela did work with Edgar Ulmer in Germany early in his career. Also notice that WHITE ZOMBIE is essentially a silent film with key scenes performed with a minimum of dialogue . . .or none at all; a standout moment is when Legendre (Bela Lugosi) traps the soul of Madeline (Madge Bellamy) by carving, and then melting, a wax image in her likeness. All without a single word being said. Another key sequence is a montage of scenes set against the haunting spiritual "Listen To The Lambs" performed by an offscreen chorus. Notice also the scene where Neil (John Harron, brother of former silent film star Robert Harron) and Dr. Bruner (Joseph Cawthorn) are talking. The camera starts out behind Harron's back and moves out. It moves in a circle around the room while the men talk and finally goes back behind Harron to end the scene; deffinitely an Expressionist Germanic touch! Granted the film has its flaws, Joseph Cawthorn's character is supposed to be to be a Christian missionary but he has a noticably Yiddish accent. Also for a film that is set in Haiti there is an uncomfortable lack of black characters. Clarence Muse as the coach driver is the only one in the movie! Two other alleged native Haitians are white actors in blackface! Madge Bellamy's bee-stung lips and eye makeup also belong back in a silent film. Weighed against the film as a whole however, these inadequacies are slight. The cast is quite good. Robert Fraser met up with Lionel Atwill in THE VAMPIRE BAT (1934). Clarence Muse met up with Bela again in THE INVISIBLE GHOST (1944). One of the zombies is played by George Burr McAnnan who had played the puritannical leader of the farm community that ostracises unwed mother Lillian Gish in WAY DOWN EAST (1920). Also look for Brandon Hurst as a creepy looking butler. He had played the evil Jehan Frollo opposite Lon Chaney's Quasimodo in THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1923). By all means see this movie! It is well worth your time. So did Bela direct it? Alas we may never know. Then again, in an interview given in the early 1970's Clarence Muse said he clearly recalled Bela directing a few scenes. So maybe . . .

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