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The Walking Dead (1936)

 -  Crime | Horror | Sci-Fi  -  14 March 1936 (USA)
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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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Cast

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Dr. Beaumont
Marguerite Churchill ...
Nancy
Warren Hull ...
Jimmy
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Loder
Henry O'Neill ...
Werner
Joe King ...
Judge Shaw (as Joseph King)
Addison Richards ...
Prison Warden
Paul Harvey ...
Blackstone
Robert Strange ...
Joe Sawyer ...
Trigger (as Joseph Sawyer)
Eddie Acuff ...
Betcha
Kenneth Harlan ...
Stephen Martin
Miki Morita ...
Sako
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Storyline

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Nicholas Kobliansky (Russian Doctor), Edward Peil Sr. (Train Engineer) and Adrian Rosley (Florist) are listed in studio records as actors (with their character names) in this film, but they do not appear. See more »

Goofs

Boris Karloff's character is named John Ellman in closeups of teletype and newspaper material, but misspelled John Elman in the credits. See more »

Quotes

John Ellman: [Responding to Beaumont's questions while dying] Leave the dead to their makers. The Lord, thy God is a jealous god.
Dr. Evan Beaumont: [Feeling a sense of urgency] But, John, what is death? Can't you put it into words? Tell me! Tell me! You must! what is death?
John Ellman: I think I can...
[after a pause]
John Ellman: After the shock...
Dr. Evan Beaumont: Yes?
John Ellman: I seemed to feel...
Dr. Evan Beaumont: Yes?
John Ellman: ...peace and a...
[He dies]
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Minor Horror Masterpiece
26 October 1999 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

Dispersed throughout the Universal reign of horror in the thirties came several remarkably well-made MGM and Warner Brother horror films. The Walking Dead is one such film produced by Warner Bros. that mixes their predominant genre of expertise, the gangster film, with the horror film. You might say in a way that it is a blend of reality and the supernatural. This film has stood the test of time well, and is a nice, taut story of a man wrongly accused of a crime, miraculously brought back to life, and eventually seeking vindication and justice from those that did him wrong. Karloff is a masterful lead in that he is able to frighten us and exact from us a tremendous amount of pity and understanding. In point of fact, his characterization of Ellman is one of his most powerful and sympathetic, a true tragic hero toyed with by crime bosses and a corrupt lawyer. Most of the acting beyond Karloff is rather pedestrian, with Edmund Gwenn turning in a nice portrayal of a questioning scientist and Ricardo Cortez wonderfully playing the stereotypical slimy lawyer. Curtiz does a good job of direction and lighting and shading are used to almost perfect results. A must see for the classic horror buff!


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