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The Crime of Doctor Crespi (1935)

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A crazed scientist invents a serum that induces a catatonic state in whoever it is injected into. He uses the serum to paralyze his enemies, so that he can bury them alive.

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Harriet Russell ...
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Paul Guilfoyle ...
John Bohn ...
Dr. Stephen Ross
Geraldine Kay ...
Miss Rexford
Jean Brooks ...
Miss Gordon (as Jeanne Kelly)
Patsy Berlin ...
Jeanne Ross, the Child
Joe Verdi ...
Di Angelo
Dean Raymond ...
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Dr. Crespi has a festering hatred for Dr. Stephen Ross, the man who married his ex-sweetheart. Ross must undergo surgery and Crespi, sensing an opportunity, seizes it. Ross "appears" to die but Crespi has given him a drug that places the victim in a trance-like state, but leaves him in possession of his senses. Crespi attends the premature burial of his hated colleague. Dr. John Arnold has his suspicions and calls on Dr. Thomas to to help him. They exhume the body and find Ross alive, albeit now a terrified, ghostly figure given to stalking the hospital corridors. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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SCREEN'S SUPER-THRILLER...AN EPIC OF HORROR! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Crime | Horror | Mystery

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24 September 1935 (USA)  »

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O Crime do Dr. Crespi  »

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Competent
13 September 1999 | by (San Diego, CA) – See all my reviews

I've seen this picture rather severely bashed, but it's actually a competent presentation of a classic tale by Poe. The only print that I've seen was in pretty bad shape, and perhaps this contributed to the bashing that it received.


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