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Writers:
Arthur Strawn (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
15 July 1935 (USA) See more »
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Embraced by the Devil! Monster . . . his kiss the password to oblivion! See more »
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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

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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
 
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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 »
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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:
Col. Paul Hassel:[Playing chess] 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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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
The Black Room (1935) ***, 9 July 2005
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

Another film I had been reading about since childhood but up till now have had no opportunity to watch.

An interesting star vehicle for Boris Karloff allowing him to play two roles as contrasting twins; the fact that one of them is deformed may owe something to Lon Chaney and here Karloff demonstrates himself a most worthy successor to the Master's mantle. The period setting - its-folk-tale quality hearkens back to German Expressionism - serves the handsome production extremely well, especially when considering that Columbia Pictures at the time was just starting to pose a serious challenge (following the Oscar sweep of Frank Capra's IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT [1934]) to the major studios. Director Roy William Neill handles the proceedings with great efficiency and style providing plenty of visual flourishes along the way.

The only criticism one can level at the film regards a couple of slightly contrived plot points: the evil Karloff, who has done away with his benign but paralyzed sibling and whom he impersonates in order to win the girl he loves, is rather stupidly caught by the girl's father when he is spotted in a mirror using his 'lame' hand to sign the marriage contract; Karloff's come-uppance is brought about by his dead brother's faithful mastiff which hates his guts - it's implausible to think that the dog has kept away from Karloff for days (by which time the girl's lover has been convicted for her father's murder) only to conveniently reappear on his wedding day! However, the ironic climax - which allows the prophecy tied with Karloff's family name to be fulfilled - is a splendid one.

All in all, along with THE MASK OF FU MANCHU (1932) and THE WALKING DEAD (1936; see below), THE BLACK ROOM is Karloff's best vehicle of the 1930s which wasn't produced by the studio which made his name, Universal.

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