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The Ghoul (1933)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Horror | 25 November 1933 (USA)
An Egyptologist returns from the dead to take revenge on those who have violated his tomb.

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Laing
Dorothy Hyson ...
Betty Harlon
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Ralph Morlant
Kathleen Harrison ...
Kaney
Harold Huth ...
Aga Ben Dragore
D.A. Clarke-Smith ...
Mahmoud
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Nigel Hartley
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Aga Ben Dragore, a knife-wielding, enigmatic Egyptian Arab, is seeking a sacred jewel which has been stolen from an ancient tomb. The thief tells him that he sold it to Professor Morlant, a fanatical Egyptologist who fervently believes in the pagan power of the ancient Egyptian gods. Dying from a mysteriously disfiguring ailment, Morlant entrusts his faithful manservant to bandage the jewel in his hand and warns him of dire consequences if his dying wishes aren't carried out. After his burial in an Egyptian-type tomb on his estate, an anonymous robber steals the precious stone from the corpse. Although the ghastly-looking dead man rises at the next full moon to seek revenge, neither he nor the audience know which member of the household possesses the powerful jewel. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Bes: Kletba fantomú  »

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1.37 : 1
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Ralph Richardson's film debut. See more »

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Ralph backs up against a wall twice when Dragore comes in and draws a gun on him and Betty. See more »

Quotes

Nigel Hartley: I happened to be staying in the neighborhood, and hearing of your master's illness I took the liberty of calling. How is he tonight?
Laing: He'll never see the morning.
Nigel Hartley: He has not asked for anyone of my cloth?
Laing: Nor will he. He's set in his ways, and they are the ways of the heathen.
Nigel Hartley: I know he won't see the rector, but though I'm a comparative stranger, I don't like to leave a man to die like that.
Laing: He'll die in his own fashion as he has lived.
Nigel Hartley: Still, sometimes at the end...
Laing: Not him! He's stubborn and ...
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Overture
(uncredited)
from Die Meistersinger"
Music by Richard Wagner
Arranged by 'Louis Levy'
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Excellent, underrated.
21 November 2004 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I disagree wholeheartedly with those who have given this film a bad review. The acting is superb, particularly Ralph Richardson as the 'Vicar', and the character actors, and of course Boris himself. Beautifully shot with wonderful props and set (I'd love to know which house they used!) it could put many a famous cinematic Haunted House to shame! The plot is reasonably clever and well-paced --nobody wants anything too complex in this atmospheric genre-- and the romantic subplot is suitably unsentimental and unobtrusive. Especially wonderful is the moment when the second woman, who had been swooning ridiculously in front of the man who calls himself a Sheik and generally acting silly, turns suddenly brave and holds the baddies at bay with the words (remember this is 1933!) "I don't THINK so!"


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