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The Walking Dead (1936)

Approved | | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi | 14 March 1936 (USA)
After hapless pianist and ex-con John Elman is framed for murder, he is resurrected by a scientist after his execution.

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A gang of racketeers frames down-on-his-luck John Elman for murder. After a trial finds him guilty, evidence is brought forth proving his innocence, but it is too late and he is executed anyway. A doctor sees an opportunity to use an experimental procedure to restore him to life but is that entirely possible? Desirable? Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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See science bring an electrocuted convict back to life...with supernatural powers to rub out one by one the killers who sent him to the chair! (re-release print ad) See more »

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Crime | Horror | Sci-Fi

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14 March 1936 (USA)  »

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Den døde vender tilbage  »

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$217,000 (estimated)
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Boris Karloff's character was originally conceived as 'Dopey' Ellman and was a drug addict and alcoholic. See more »

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When they lower the glass box over the "dead" Karloff, before he is resuscitated, his right eye blinks. See more »

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Nolan: [as the crooked lawyer misses a shot on a pool table] Straight shot and I missed it!
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Referenced in I'll Never Forget What's'isname (1967) See more »

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An overlooked and eerie minor classic
2 March 1999 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Michael Curtiz directed this odd combination of gangster and horror films for Warner Bros. Karloff is a minor gangster released from prison who is framed and executed for murder. He's brought back to life when his name is cleared and confronts each of the men who framed him with his knowledge from beyond the grave. The execution scene is absolutely excruciating, as the only witnesses to the crime try to get the corrupt governor to call in a pardon while the music-loving Karloff walks to the electric chair, accompanied by a cello.


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