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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:
It's all about the atmosphere in this one! See more (120 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
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Clarence Muse ... Coach Driver (uncredited)
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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 is removed from the crypt, the pallbearer zombies carry her open casket head first. Cut to the procession going up the hill outside the crypt, she is now feet first.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Neil Parker:Looks like a burial.
Madeline:In the road?
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Soundtrack:
Incidental SymphoniesSee more »

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32 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
It's all about the atmosphere in this one!, 29 July 2005
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

Zombie movies from the '30's and '40's are quite different from the zombie movies most people know from the '70's till present time. In the '30's and '40's, zombies and voodoo kind of rituals always walked hand in hand. As a result of this zombie movies from the '30's and '40's have a certain creepy atmosphere and scary voodoo sound effects.

"White Zombie" is the very first (still excising) zombie movie ever made. The zombies look extremely good and creepy thanks to the charismatic actors that perform them. Don't underestimate this people, acting with just your body and mostly face is also a form of tough acting. I think that it is thanks to the fine casting of the zombies that most of the scene's with them in it, work really well.

Bela Lugosi is totally fantastic as sort of witch doctor and 'king of the zombies'. He plays one scary monsieur. I even tend to say that this is his best villain role he has ever portrayed, yes even better as Count Dracula. Lugosi was always at his best in roles like these and just like in "Dracula" he is once more acting very well with also both his hands and face, especially his typical horror-like-eyes make him one legendary villain. For the Lugosi fans this is an absolute must see!

The story is very intriguing and sad and its told in a beautiful way. Especially the ending was fantastic and actually also quite tense.

Unfortunately time has not been kind on this movie. The movie had been lost for many years until the '60's after acquiring the rights to distribute the movie, the quality was already beyond restoration, so now days we can never watch this movie in its full glory. The movie has the grainy and visual look of movies from the 1920's and at times small chunks of sound and music are missing.

The cinematography is absolutely fantastic and the experimental editing provides some unique and extremely well looking sequences. It reminded me of some of Brian De Palma's early work. There is one unique and brilliant scene that I can't even describe. It features a split screen but the scene is constructed more complex than I make it sound. Really something you have to see for yourself.

OK maybe the beginning of the movie isn't that good and memorable and quite standard and typical for the horror genre in the '30's but the last half hour or so is really unique, excellent, tense and just a shear delight to watch, mainly thanks to Bela Lugosi's his character 'Murder' Legendre (what a brilliant name by the way) and the story in which once more love conquers all.

By the way this is the movie Ed Wood and Bela Lugosi were watching together in the movie "Ed Wood". Most people think that it was a Dracula movie with Lugosi but it in fact is this movie they're watching.

A really unique little forgotten horror masterpiece, that's worth seeing already alone for its movie historical value and Lugosi's fantastic, passioned villain role.

8/10

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