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Writers:
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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 »
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:
Enrique Acosta ... Judge (scenes deleted) (uncredited)
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)
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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 »
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!
Baron Gregor de Bergmann: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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23 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
One of Karloff's best performances, 19 August 2004
Author: oyason from Seattle

Boris Karloff only made a handful of movies that demonstrated he had some real range as an actor, and of that handful, THE BLACK ROOM has to rate as one of the best. In this work, Karloff plays twin brothers of a family of aristocrats. The older brother Gregor is a nasty piece of work. He is the titular head of the family of land barons, and has long developed a reputation for brutality in the region he governs. His estate is notorious for having disappeared several young women. Anton, the younger of the twins, is a cosmopolitan sort, has been away travelling and studying for many years. Both men are haunted by a family prophecy, in which the younger of the two twins is supposed to slay the older in order to complete a family curse, which apparently began in the "black room" of the film's title.

The room itself was ordered sealed shortly after the birth of the twins in order to avert a repeat of the tragedy. Unbeknownst to the villagers, Gregor has found a hidden passage into the black room, and it is the torture pit of the room where he disposes of the bodies of his victims.

Anton, the younger brother, returns home upon the urging of his brother Gregor, who has, after several attempts on his life, realized that he must step aside in order to calm the people down. Gregor has in mind a phoney abdication in which he seems to step aside in favor of his twin. His actual plan is to murder Anton, and to continue to reign in Anton's identity, in his own twist on the family curse. He falls over his own hubris for a number of personal reasons, but before film's end, he manages to indulge in a round of crafty Karloffian mayhem.

Karloff plays both the monstrous and benign brothers, but in addition, he portrays the nasty brother imitating the gentle one. That's what makes this piece fun. Seventy minutes of the grand old man of the gothics at his best. I've probably seen it about thirty times now, and it holds up well.

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