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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 ...
Merritt
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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BACK FROM THE DEAD! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Crime | Horror | Sci-Fi

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14 March 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Den døde vender tilbage  »

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$217,000 (estimated)
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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

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 »

Quotes

Dr. Evan Beaumont: All I know is that for a short time the spirit of life left his body. Now, what happened during that transition? What effect did the experience of death have on his subconscious mind. Can he remember?
District Attorney Werner: Well, it's rather a large order, doctor, and I'm afraid a bit beyond the province of law...
Dr. Evan Beaumont: ...and beyond the province of science too, but it's a challenge, and somewhere, I think, we'll find the key to all this.
District Attorney Werner: If you do, I hope you'll let me know.
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King Karloff
23 October 2000 | by (London) – See all my reviews



Eerie, creepy, beautifully shot oddity, the kind of stuff they just wouldn't know how to make any more (not that they would want to). Karloff gives a fine performance as the gaunt, haunted patsy in a murder rap. Stand-out scene is definitely the fantastic build up to Karloff's undeserved execution, as sad cello music plays and prison guards banter about baseball while a man's life hangs in the balance. The ideas dry up a bit as King Karloff haunts his killers, but his sinister solemnity captivates the interest, and it's all crammed into little more than an hour.


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