A physician on death row for a mercy killing is allowed to experiment on a serum using a criminals' blood, but secretly tests it on himself. He gets a pardon, but finds out he's become a Jekyll-&-Hyde.
Prophecy has it that younger twin Anton will kill brother Gregor in the castle's Black Room. Anton returns to the castle after a 10 year hiatus. Gregor, a Baron, has many attempts on his life as his subjects detest his tyranny. However, good natured Anton earns the subjects' respect, and the admiration of Col.Hassel, uncle of the beautiful Thea. When Gregor kills young servant Mashka, his subjects storm the castle to remove him. Devious Gregor renounces his title in favour of brother Anton to appease them. He then kills Anton to assume his identity and the Baronship again. He is free to pursue Thea with Col.Hassel's blessing. When Col.Hassel discovers Gregor's impersonation, he also meets death. With Thea's true love, Lt. Lussan, wrongfully convicted of Hassel's murder, it appears nothing can stop evil Gregor from ambushing her into marriage. But what of that prophecy? Written by
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Present extant version, as presented on Turner Classic Movies, bears title and end credits redesigned for the 1955 wide screen re-release. See more »
The film is set in the early 1800s, yet a statue of St. Therese of Lisieux (Therese Martin) is prominently displayed in the castle three times (at 17:26, 40:09, and 47:08). Therese Martin was not born until 1873. Furthermore, no statue of St. Therese was made or displayed until after she was canonized, in 1925. See more »
Col. Paul Hassel:
Your attack is weak as your brother Gregor's was brilliant. Chess, by the way, was the only virtue I ever discovered in him.
Baron Gregor de Bergmann:
I received a letter today from him from Warsaw. Most of it was devoted to begging me to send his love to you, Colonel.
Col. Paul Hassel:
His love to me? Well, if I have to accept it, I'd rather have it by post than any way I can think of.
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The basic plot:There is a pair of twin brothers, one good, the other lecherous and dishonest. Due to a family legend , the bad brother murders the good brother in the black room ,impersonating the good brother, but he get's his comeuppance.....
The praise: In many ways this horror classic is really a clever, thrilling Grimm-like fairy tale with strong horror elements. The entire thing has the ornate , gothic look of a fairy tale anyway.Great sets, costumes, and lighting. Very moody and atmospheric , it also is suspensful and tightly structured , allowing the movie to pump in lots of decor and great acting.By Karloff , that is . This is a true gem for him, allowing him to play both brothers. He does this excellently , bringing in subtle shades of good and evil in two great performances that are different yet the same. He also plays the role with a kind of poetry , as well as deliciously expressive face expressions married with potent speech for some wicked lines. A must-see.
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