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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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Loder
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Werner
Joe King ...
Judge Shaw (as Joseph King)
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Trigger (as Joseph Sawyer)
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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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Den døde vender tilbage  »

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$217,000 (estimated)
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The music being played while Karloff is walking to his execution is Kamennoi-Ostrow by Anton Rubinstein. See more »

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Nancy phones Dr. Beaumont to tell him that John Ellman had been shot but she does not tell him where she is. Nevertheless, Dr. Beaumont shows up moments later in the graveyard. See more »

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John Ellman: Last night I thought you were my friend. You took my life!
'Trigger' Smith: [Contemptuously] I'm gonna take it again unless you got cat blood in yuh. No one's gonna bring you back this time.
John Ellman: You can't kill me again!
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But you can't kill me for something I didn't do! You can't!
30 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's a dead man walking in this film with Boris Karloff brought back to life by a doctor (Edmund Gwenn - Miracle on 34th Street).

There was no surprises as I would have expected, as the reanimation was posted all over the newspapers the next day.

It's not just a horror film, but a gangster film, as Ellman (Karloff) was executed for a crime he didn't commit.

It was really funny when he went after those involved in the conspiracy to frame him. A little supernatural work on a lot of guilty consciences.

It was a fascinating film, and Gwenn was superb. Karloff was also very good.


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