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The Black Room -- Boris Karloff is superb in a dual role as twin brothers (one evil, one good), born to the ruling family in the early 1800's in Czechoslovakia. The bad twin inherits the castle and becomes infamous for his sadistic behavior and murders the good twin, assuming his identiy so that he might continue his heinous acts.

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Director:
Writers:
Arthur Strawn (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
15 July 1935 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Embraced by the Devil! Monster . . . his kiss the password to oblivion! See more »
Plot:
Ignoring an ancient prophecy, evil brother Gregor seeks to maintain his feudal power on his his Tyrolean estate by murdering and impersonating his benevolent younger twin. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Boris Karloff ... Baron Gregor de Berghman / Anton de Berghman
Marian Marsh ... Thea Hassel
Robert Allen ... Lt. Albert Lussan
Thurston Hall ... Col. Paul Hassel
Katherine DeMille ... Mashka (as Katherine de Mille)
John Buckler ... Beran
Henry Kolker ... Baron Frederick de Berghman
Colin Tapley ... Lt. Paul Hassel
Torben Meyer ... Peter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Beck ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Daniel Joseph Bleifer ... Anton as a Child (uncredited)
John Bleifer ... Franz - Captured Assassin-Villager (uncredited)
Sidney Bracey ... Gregor's Hairdresser (uncredited)
Egon Brecher ... Karl - Lead Villager (uncredited)
Carrie Daumery ... Member of the Court (uncredited)
Edwards Davis ... Member of the Court (uncredited)
Victor De Linsky ... Michael the Footman (uncredited)
Abe Dinovitch ... Gatekeeper (uncredited)
Von the Dog ... Thor (uncredited)
Herbert Evans ... Servant (uncredited)
Phyllis Fraser ... A Bridesmaid (uncredited)
John George ... Inn Waiter (uncredited)
Octavio Giraud ... Judge (uncredited)
Grace Goodall ... Member of the Court (uncredited)
James Gordon ... Gentleman (uncredited)
Helena Grant ... Anna the Housekeeper (uncredited)
Bert Howard ... Gentleman (uncredited)
Edith Kingdon ... Member of the Court (uncredited)
Richard Lancaster ... Gentleman (uncredited)
Marion Lessing ... Maria the Chambermaid (uncredited)
Lois Lindsay ... A Bridesmaid (uncredited)
Ivan Linow ... Gatekeeper (uncredited)
George Burr Macannan ... A Servant (uncredited)
George MacQuarrie ... The Judge (uncredited)
Michael Mark ... Peasant (uncredited)
Eric Mayne ... Member of the Court (uncredited)
Alex Melesh ... Judge (uncredited)
Louis Merrill ... Story Teller in Trailer (uncredited)
Robert Middlemass ... The Prosecutor (uncredited)
Wilfrid North ... Member of the Court (uncredited)
Reinhold Pasch ... Gregor's Tailor (uncredited)
Constantine Romanoff ... Peasant (uncredited)
John Singer ... Raoul the Butler (uncredited)
Bert Sprotte ... A Peasant (uncredited)
Count Stefenelli ... Member of the Court (uncredited)
John M. Sullivan ... The Archbishop (uncredited)
Edward Van Sloan ... Doctor (uncredited)
Frederick Vogeding ... Josef, Resentful Villager with Heavy Moustache (uncredited)
Hans von Morhart ... A Servant (uncredited)
Paul Weigel ... A Peasant (uncredited)

Directed by
Roy William Neill  (as R. William Neill)
 
Writing credits
Arthur Strawn (screenplay) &
Henry Myers (screenplay)

Arthur Strawn (story)

Original Music by
R.H. Bassett (uncredited)
Milan Roder (uncredited)
Louis Silvers (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Allen G. Siegler 
 
Film Editing by
Richard Cahoon 
 
Art Direction by
Stephen Goosson 
 
Costume Design by
Murray Mayer 
 
Sound Department
Edward Bernds .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Jack Cosgrove .... matte painter (uncredited)
Roy Davidson .... process shots (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gert Andersen .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Fayte M. Browne .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Louis Silvers .... musical director
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Edmund Ross .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Harry Cohn .... president
 
Crew believed to be complete


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70 min
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
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Karloff's performance was voted runner-up to the best performance for the month of August, 1935 by the Screen Actors' Guild. Henry Fonda in "The Farmer takes a wife" and Will Rogers in "Steamboat 'Round the bend" tied for the top award.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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 »
Quotes:
Mashka:Don't you want to kiss me?
Baron Gregor de Bergmann:[Cutting a juicy pear with his knife and eating it as he talks] A pear is the best fruit!
Mashka:Every time you see her, you want to be rid of me.
Baron Gregor de Bergmann:[Seemingly ignoring her] Lots of juice in a pear!
Mashka:Well, you'll find out I'll not be got rid of so easily! Do you hear what I say?
Baron Gregor de Bergmann:Adam should've chosen a pear.
Mashka:You've got it all planned, haven't you? You're gonna marry her. You're gonna make her your wife, your baroness!
Baron Gregor de Bergmann:I like the feel of a pear! And when you're through with it...
[He carelessly tosses it across the room]
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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Hei Xiazi, 2 December 2006
Author: julian kennedy from Clearwater Fl

The Black Room: 7 out of 10: In the Tim Burton film "Ed Wood" Martin Landau's Bela Lugosi complains about his rival Boris Karloff continuing to work even though he played Frankenstein which required only grunting under heavy make-up as opposed to accented seductive Dracula.

Well I hate to point this out to a long dead actor but Karloff can really act. The Black Room is a tour de force performance.

Karloff plays three roles (two twins and one twin pretending to be the other) and manages to give them such a distinctive nuanced performances I squinted at the screen to make sure it really was the same actor in the roles.

The story itself is quite a good set-up. With one brother a devilish tyrant with a taste for village girls and the other a slightly fey traveler with a birth defect. Hanging over their head is a family curse that states one brother will kill the other in the titular Black Room.

There are twists and turns and as many reviews have pointed out this is more a costume drama/mystery than straight horror film. The supporting cast is competent and the sets are well done but this is Karloff's show and he runs away with it.

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