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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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Trivia:
Part of the SON OF SHOCK package of 20 titles released to television in 1958, which followed the original Shock Theater release of 52 features one year earlier. This was also one of the 11 Columbia titles, the other 61 all being Universals.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Col. Hassell arrives at the inn to meet Anton near the beginning, there is no glass on the carriage window when the carriage arrives at the inn. There is also no sign of broken glass when the carriage arrives at the castle, but a shot is fired through the carriage's glass window en route.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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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Karloff at his best, 4 September 2001
Author: Bobs-9 from Chicago, Illinois, USA

I must agree with the other posts on this site, Karloff is excellent here. In fact, this is just about the best example of his acting skill I've come across. In this film, he is not just a generic Halloween ghoul, but shows a very nice range of characterization, as he plays twin brothers who are polar opposites. The film is beautiful to look at, and well paced and plotted. Even if you see the ironic ending coming at you a mile and a half away, it's still fun to anticipate it.

Incidentally, is it just me, or does the loud brass fanfare that occurs in the title sequence, and throughout the film at dramatic moments, sound like part of the song "Come Rain or Come Shine" ("days may be cloudy or sunny...")? I just found it a bit distracting to suddenly picture Judy Garland in my mind at all the most tense and dramatic moments of the story.

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