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Maniac (1934)

Not Rated | | Horror | 11 September 1934 (USA)
A former vaudevillian gifted at impersonation assists a mad scientist in reanimating corpses and soon goes mad himself.

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Bill Woods ...
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Dr. Meirschultz (as Horace Carpenter)
Ted Edwards ...
Buckley
Phyllis Diller ...
Mrs. Buckley
Thea Ramsey ...
Alice Maxwell (as Theo Ramsey)
Jenny Dark ...
Maizie
Marvelle Andre ...
Marvel (as Marvel Andre)
Celia McCann ...
Jo
John P. Wade ...
Embalmer Mike (as J.P. Wade)
Marian Constance Blackton ...
Neighbor (as Marion Blackton)
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Storyline

Don Maxwell is an ex-vaudeville ham, wanted by police, who has now found himself as the unlikely assistant to Dr. Meirschultz, a mad scientist in the business of reanimating corpses. Maxwell's gift of impersonation gets him and Meirschultz past the guards and into a morgue where they use a special serum to revive the corpse of a pretty young woman. But that's nothing. Dr. Meirschultz has a heart beating in a jar of solution and is eager to put it into a corpse that really needs it. Meirschultz gives his assistant a gun and advises him to commit suicide, so that he can put the heart in him, but Maxwell shoots and kills the scientist instead and hides the body. People will miss Meirschultz, Maxwell quickly realizes, but no one will miss his lowly assistant; and so Maxwell dons eyeglasses and a fake beard to become his onetime benefactor. The trouble is, he impersonates the mad doctor too well and goes crazy himself. Written by J. Spurlin

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11 September 1934 (USA)  »

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Dwain Esper's Maniac  »

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$5,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Several key cast members in the film are uncredited and their identities remain unknown, most notably the cat-farming neighbor, "Goof", as well as the detective, the skinny morgue attendant, and Maria Altura, the woman who Dr. Meirschultz brings back to life. The identity of the actress who doubles for Altura for scenes that require nudity has also not been identified. See more »

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When Buckley grabs the sleepwalking Maria Altura, the boom microphone pole's shadow is visible on the wall, to the right of the scene. See more »

Quotes

Embalmer: By gosh, them stiffs is gettin' heavier and more of them every day.
Other Embalmer: Between the gangsters and auto drivers we won't need another war to carry out the population.
Embalmer: You didn't even mention suicide.
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La Cucaracha
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Traditional
Sung by Thea Ramsey
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31 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is one of my guilty little pleasures. The more I watch it the more I just have to laugh. This is far from one of the worst movies ever made, but it may be one of the most pointless. The actors are the founding fathers of the Shatner-Hasselhoff school of ham. The camera work is horrid. The plot -- lets see how many gratuitous points of senselessness we can throw into one movie and still base it (vaguely) on as many Edgar Allen Poe shorts we can throw in. Who cares about continuity we can always film cats. The best part of these 50 minutes is the blatant attempts by the film maker to make this exhibitionist trash a legitimate "educational" flick. Love it or hate it everyone with an interest in psychology, z-rated movies, or just an hour to pointlessly kill should watch this at least once.


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