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.
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 Dick enters the room]
Hello! Why aren't you in C Street?
I've been checking up on Laurence, and he's not the kind of thing a girl should know.
Dr. Clare Wyatt:
Dick, we've been over that before.
Oh, but you don't know the half of it. He's arrived in England with a couple of monkeys and claims he's discovered the human soul.
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"There's always something queer about a genius," argues brainy and beautiful young doctor Anna Lee; she is leaving the medical establishmentand ditching her handsome boyfriendto join exiled former colleague Boris Karloff, whose brilliant past work has been recently overshadowed by his pursuit of ideas and research just a little too weird.
Brilliant and eccentric, yes; but is he mad? "I shall show you strange things about the mind of man," Karloff says. In his complex and visually impressive laboratory, he claims to have developed a process to take the "thought content" out of one brain and put it into anotherbasically, to switch brains. He tries it on two chimps but would it work on humans?
Lee and Karloff are both very good, especially in the wonderfully intense scenes in which they spar over the limits, the purpose, the morality of science. Each character derives strength, meets powerful resistance from the other; each actor seems to draw energy from the other's presence as well.
The supporting cast includes John Loder as the boyfriend who would prefer that Lee stay in the city and marry him; he follows her out to the sticks and eventually manages to get mixed up in the plot. Not exactly the standard dashing rescuerin fact, quite the opposite.
A very exciting climax tops off this suspenseful and well-written thriller. A gorgeous and fully furnished mad scientist's laboratory, too!
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