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Release Date:
11 September 1934 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
He menaced women with weird desires! See more »
Plot:
A former vaudevillian gifted at impersonation assists a mad scientist in reanimating corpses and soon goes mad himself. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Certainly one of a kind See more (72 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Bill Woods ... Don Maxwell

Horace B. Carpenter ... 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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Umberto Guarracino ... Pluto (archive footage) (uncredited)

Bartolomeo Pagano ... Maciste (archive footage) (uncredited)
Satan ... Satan the Cat (uncredited)

Directed by
Dwain Esper 
 
Writing credits
Hildegarde Stadie (story and continuity) (as Hildagarde Stadie)

Produced by
Dwain Esper .... producer (uncredited)
Louis Sonney .... producer (uncredited)
Hildegarde Stadie .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
William C. Thompson (photographer) (as William Thompson)
 
Film Editing by
William Austin 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
J. Stuart Blackton Jr. .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Dan Sonney .... props (uncredited)
 
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Dan Sonney .... production assistant (uncredited)
 

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Also Known As:
"Dwain Esper's Maniac" - USA (alternative title)
"Sex Maniac" - USA (video box title)
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Runtime:
51 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Canada:14A | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (DVD) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (self applied) (2007) | USA:Not Rated

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Trivia:
The film contains intertitles, a few comment on the action in the film as they were used in silent films, but the majority, five of them, comment on the then prevailing descriptions of various mental illnesses: Dementia Praecox (now called Schizophrenia), Paresis (here used to refer to the latter stages of syphilis), Paranoia (actually listed as a noun "Paranoiac"), Manic-depressive Psychoses (now usually referred to as Bipolar Disorder), and Manias.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Various times throughout the movie, the "corpses" are visibly breathing.See more »
Quotes:
Unnamed reporter:A rat eating a cat? Why, that is news! By the way, did you hear a shot last night?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Room (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
La CucarachaSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Certainly one of a kind, 14 March 2006
Author: Hitchcoc from United States

I had such a terrible print of this that it distracted from the enjoyment (such as it was). It is such a mis-edited hodgepodge that one never really gets into any kind of story. There are about six plots introduced and then pretty much dropped. We have the re-animated women, the nut case, high on adrenaline, The mad doctor, the specialist in disguises, the women whose patronage seems really out of place. There are virtually no motivations for anything--it just rambles on from one scene to the next. The little instructional breaks explaining various psychological anomalies lead us into--what? It's as if it's supposed to be a clinical film and then you have this ranting. The cat gets its eye popped out. There are Poe things, "The Black Cat," with the walled up person. I don't know. It just sort of ended, which was OK. The nudity was interesting, in that it must have been pre-production code. Why was it there. I suppose so the voyeuristic could be lured into a movie theater. Who knows. It's one big mess.

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