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Condemned to Live (1935)

Approved | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 15 September 1935 (USA)
After a series of unsolved murders, a man finds out that his mother was bitten by a vampire bat during her pregnancy, and he believes that he may be the vampire committing the murders.

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Prof. Paul Kristan
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Dr. Anders Bizet
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Marguerite Mane
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David
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Zan, the Hunchback
Lucy Beaumont ...
Mother Molly
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John Mane
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Martha Kristan
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Dr. Duprez (as Robert Frazier)
Ferdinand Schumann-Heink ...
Franz Kristan (as Ferdinand Schuman-Heink)
Heidi Shope ...
Anna, the Maid (as Hedi Shope)
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Maria, the Young Girl
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After a series of murders, a man finds out that his mother was bitten by a vampire bat during her pregnancy, and he believes that he may be the vampire committing the murders. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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What was this creature that DEATH could not claim? (original ad ) See more »

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Drama | Horror | Mystery

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15 September 1935 (USA)  »

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Demon of Doom  »

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(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Shot in ten days. See more »

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Prof. Paul Kristan: We can never be afraid of what we love.
Prof. Paul Kristan: If we love our brother, how can we fear him?
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Good story holds up despite aged film style
14 June 2006 | by (French Polynesia) – See all my reviews

I'd never heard of this film but it's worth a look for those who can put up with 1930's style film-making and especially for genre fans.

The story has elements of Jeckyll and Hyde and it has psychological overtones of the main monster character that help it. These elements help keep it fresh despite the hunchback and dated directorial non-touches and lack of much on screen violence. But the aftermath of the killings and good acting of Ralph Morgan help. The final scene is suspenseful as well and of course the whole thing is over pretty quickly, but still manages, thanks for Karn DeWolf's script to pack in quite a bit of character complication.

Nice production values but the director, Frank Strayer, shows little flair. Then again he keeps things moving and the acting is good. Alpha Video copy I watched was "okay" looking a better source print is unlikely to turn up, but the movie deserves some restoration and recognition.


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