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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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Judge Shaw (as Joseph King)
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Trigger (as Joseph Sawyer)
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Stephen Martin
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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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ETERNITY COULD NOT HOLD HIM!...A mystery drama that will raise goose pimples! See more »

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Den døde vender tilbage  »

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$217,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The "glass heart" machine used to revive Karloff's dead character was said to be "nearly a prefect replica" of an actual perfusion pump--a device designed to keep organs alive outside an organism's body--which had been built by Charles Lindbergh, when the legendary pilot and engineer was working with a Nobel-winning scientist at New York's Rockefeller Institute research labs in the mid-1930s. 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 »

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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Karloff-Curtiz horror masterpiece
13 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

One of the best horror films of the 30s. The only criticism lies in some of the acting by the secondary characters. Otherwise, superb direction, magnificent Hal Mohr photography, good script and story, and excellent music score by Bernhard Kaun (which was NOT listed in the credits by the way). Even if you are not a horror fan, it rates high as a rainy day diversion.


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