Life Returns (1935)

 |  Drama  |  2 January 1935 (USA)
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A doctor who has spent his career working on ways to revive the dead sees his chance to prove his theory by performing his procedures on a recently deceased dog.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Onslow Stevens ...
George P. Breakston ...
Danny Kendrick (as George Breakston)
Stanley Fields ...
Dog Catcher
Dr. James
Richard Carle ...
A.K. Arnold
Dean Benton ...
Richard Quine ...
Maidel Turner ...
Mrs. Vandergriff
George MacQuarrie ...
Otis Harlan ...
Dr. Henderson
Robert E. Cornish ...
Mario Margutti ...
Cornish's Assistant


Idealistic doctoral graduates Bob (Dr. Robert E. Cornish), Louise and John plan their futures in pursuit of a formula to restore life to the dead. Bob and Louise wish to remain independent and pursue medical research free of corporate ties. John tries in vain to convince them that by joining him to work at Arnold Research Laboratories they could achieve more research in a year than they could in five as an independent research team. John leaves his friends for corporate pharmacology only to find the pace of his research is not progressing fast enough nor seems practical enough to suit Mr. Arnold. The final blow comes when he is told to turn his attention to creating a treated pig bristle brush to restore hair and prop up his bosses investments in pig processing. Disillusioned Dr. John Kendrick faces public ridicule as he promotes his theory to his peers and falls into a deep depression that costs him his private medical practice. Five years later the sudden passing of his wife, drives... Written by G. E. Sutton

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The mystery of the man who conquered death!







Release Date:

2 January 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'incredibile realtà  »

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| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

| (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Uses footage from actual University of Southern California experiment in which scientists claimed they brought a dead dog back to life. Robert E. Cornish, playing himself in the film, was one of the scientists involved. See more »


A.K. Arnold: Bristles come from pigs and bristles make brushes.
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Surprisingly Good
27 January 2004 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Surprisingly good and well acted film about a scientist (Onslow Stevens) who spends years of his life working on a formula to bring the dead back to life. His goal overshadows other important things in his life, like his wife, job and son (George Breakston).

The film was made in 1935, but was not released until 1937. The footage of the operation is actual footage performed by Dr. Robert E. Cornish, in which he brings a dead dog back to life. One is left to think today that if the experiment had really been successful that Dr. Cornish would have gone down in history.

Valerie Hobson plays the doctors friend. This is years before her later humiliation, when her husband, John Profumo, an elected British official, had an affair with a chorus girl.

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