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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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FATE DAMNED HIM WITH A THOUSAND DEATHS! (original poster-all caps) 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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Village Doctor discovers truth about the monster within himself
3 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

Condemned to Live story concerns a physician in a small village in Europe who is born a vampire because his mother was bitten by a vampire when she was pregnant with him. So his vampirism is an affliction rather than a curse.The doctor blacks out when he is overcome by his disease which occurs when night falls and when he awakens he has no memory of his actions. A Trusted college arrives and helps him finally realizes that he must be the vampire that is murdering the villagers for their blood.

Invincible Pictures was a poverty row studio but they did produce some watchable movies. Condemned to Live was one such movie. Eventually Invincible was absorbed by Republic Pictures.

Ralph Morgan was a notable character actor who became overshadowed by his more famous younger brother Frank. Ralph had roles in some big movies and quite a few "B" pics.He was often cast as weak or timid men. He really didn't project a strong enough personality to be an effective lead.

The acting is uneven. Maxine Doyle portrays the doctors much younger fiancé and her performance is flat and lifeless. Mischa Auer plays the doctor's hunchbacked servant who is loyal to a fault. Auer adds a little fire to the proceedings. The rest of the cast is professional enough.

Condemned to Live is an interesting take on the vampire legend but there are just too many plot holes and weak performances to make it a really good movie. The ending is kind of a downer as well. Still as I said it was a watchable film for horror buffs.


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