A physician on death row for a mercy killing is allowed to experiment on a serum using a criminals' blood, but secretly tests it on himself. He gets a pardon, but finds out he's become a Jekyll-&-Hyde.
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Dr. Laurence, a once-respectable scientist, begins to research the origin of the mind and the soul. The science community rejects him, and he risks losing everything for which he has worked. He begins to use his discoveries to save his research and further his own causes, thereby becoming... a Mad Scientist, almost unstoppable... Written by
Boris Karloff's second feature in Britain, filmed March 3-mid April 1936, followed quickly by "Juggernaut." See more »
After Dr. Laurience transfers minds between himself and Dick Haslewood, Haslewood-now in Laurience's body-slams his restraint chair against the wall of his transfer booth, thereby shattering the glass, to effect his escape from the incoming gas. Moments later, however, when Clare and the police return Dick and the doctor to their respective chambers for mind re-transference, that booth is once-again intact and undamaged. See more »
Dr. Clare Wyatt:
[as the cab stops before the manor house]
Aren't you going to take me to the door.
I don't go to THAT door.
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This was a low-budget horror film with very modest pretensions. No one involved believed they were making "high art" and with a small budget and running at only 62 minutes, this is a definite B-picture. And in light of these factors, it's an amazingly effective and enjoyable film.
Boris Karloff plays a mad scientist--this is certainly no great stretch. His research involves trying to switch the mind of one person with another--sort of like the plot that was often used in cartoons or cheesy comedies in the 60s. How exactly this was going to be a GOOD thing certainly wasn't a primary concern for th doctor, though later in the film, greed and an over-active libido push this strange doctor to make this switch with unwilling victims.
So despite a pretty corny plot, why did I like this film? Well, the pacing was excellent but more importantly the film had wonderful dialog and was at times very 'tongue in cheek'. In particular, when Karloff's evil and physically twisted assistant changes bodies with the rich philanthropic newspaper owner, I found myself laughing repeatedly because the writers for the film deliberately injected some levity into the horror plot. You just have to see it to understand and appreciate this.
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