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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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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:
In 2002 Madacy re-released this movie on DVD in the DVD 3 pack "Bela Lugosi". The other 2 movies are: The Corpse Vanishes 1942 and Scared to Death 1947.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When a butler is being thrown into bubbling water by Legendre's zombies, he holds his nose as he goes in, while he is supposed to be paralyzed.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Neil Parker:Looks like a burial.
Madeline:In the road?
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Soundtrack:
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31 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Voodoo & Zombies & Lugosi, Too, 23 June 2001
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

A diabolical voodoo master plots to turn a beautiful young American into a WHITE ZOMBIE, a slave of his perverted passions...

Here is one of the great unheralded horror classics of the 1930's. Almost forgotten today, it is an excellent example of what can be accomplished by an obscure film company (in this case Halperin Productions) working with a tiny budget, but using enormous flair & imagination. Some of the visuals - the opening scene of the burial on the road, the sugar mill worked by zombies - remain in the imagination for an uncomfortable amount of time, one sure sign of true success for a horror film. Certain of the settings - the hillside graveyard, the villain's towering fortress - are as good as you'll find anywhere. Additionally, the moody music of Xavier Cugat & the make-up wizardry of Jack Pierce help tremendously.

But it's the performance of Bela Lugosi, looking utterly satanic, which is truly memorable. Released the year following his celebrated Dracula, WHITE ZOMBIE gives him another character which, in measures of pure menace, is easily the equal of the Count. With his mesmeric eyes, expressive, spider-like hands & wonderfully eerie voice, Lugosi radiates absolute evil. This talented Austro-Hungarian actor (born Béla Ferenc Dezsõ Blaskó, 1882-1956) would fritter away much of his career in low-budget dregs, but here he must have realized he was in competent hands and he is obviously having a wonderful time. To see his imposing, cloaked figure stalk about the screen, closely followed by his Living Dead slaves, is to enjoy one of cinema's most deliciously spooky moments.

Madge Bellamy & John Harron are both impressive as Lugosi's victims. Robert Frazer is very good indeed as the plantation owner whose obsession for Miss Bellamy throws him right into Lugosi's clutches. Elderly Joseph Cawthorn scores as the aged missionary who may be the only person wise enough to thwart the zombie master. Movie mavens will recognize an uncredited Clarence Muse as the frightened coach driver in the opening sequence.

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