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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Onslow Stevens ...
George P. Breakston ...
Danny Kendrick (as George Breakston)
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Stanley Fields ...
Dog Catcher
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Dr. James
Richard Carle ...
A.K. Arnold
Dean Benton ...
Intern
Lois January ...
Nurse
Richard Quine ...
Mickey
Maidel Turner ...
Mrs. Vandergriff
George MacQuarrie ...
Judge
Otis Harlan ...
Dr. Henderson
Robert E. Cornish ...
Himself
Mario Margutti ...
Cornish's Assistant
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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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The mystery of the man who conquered death!

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Also Known As:

L'incredibile realtà  »

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| (Ontario)

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| (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The author, Eugene Frenke (husband of actress Anna Sten) sued Universal for $145,424 claiming that the studio failed to release the picture through normal channels. See more »

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Danny Kendrick: I want my mother! I want my mother!
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Dreadful and Cheap
13 January 2012 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I'm a huge fan of the classic horror & sci-fi films of the 1930s and 1940s, particularly those of Universal. So when I came across this obscure title, starring Onslow Stevens and Valerie Hobson (both of much better Universal titles), I thought I'd struck paydirt. Unfortunately, I struck just plain old ordinary dirt. For starters, this movie looks cheap. If you're expecting any of the Universal polish that you find in most of their classic films, forget it. This looks like the kind of Poverty Row cheapie Bela Lugosi would be doing in years to come. The story is basically about bringing dead dogs back to life.

The main selling point is supposedly this guy Robert Cornish, who appears in the movie but hardly speaks and rarely has the camera focused on his face when he does. Apparently for about 5 minutes back in the day he made headlines for bringing a dog back to life. The actual footage of that is crammed into this movie and it's about as cheap and bland as you might expect. Although seeing the guy give the dog mouth-to-mouth is worth a gander. However, despite this movie basically only being made because of Mr. Cornish, he's not the real star of it. The star is Onslow Stevens, turning in a dreary performance as Dr. John Kendrick. He staggers around in a daze for most of the picture (when he's not acting crazy, that is). But it's not entirely his fault. The character is written so unlikeable that you can't root for him even though the movie's objective is to make you do just that. After suffering ONE setback, Dr. Kendrick turns into a total loser wandering around like he's lost and looking disheveled. The guy lets his practice go to ruin, lets his wife die and kid live on the street, all the while whining and moping. He's a mess. Speaking of the kid, he's very annoying and the actor playing him is awful ("Scoota! Scoota!").

Anyway, the best part of this whole movie to me was a minor tidbit. When they show the newspaper article announcing Kendrick's engagement, the headline below that reads "Dog Saves Lad From Wasps." That would have made for a much more interesting film, I think. I was pretty disappointed in this movie and I wouldn't recommend it to anybody but Universal completists and people who like movies they can make fun of.


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