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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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HOW CAN A MAN AVENGE HIS OWN MURDER? (original ad - all caps) See more »

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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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Filming began on November 23 (Boris Karloff's 48th birthday) and lasted 18 days, finishing December 23 1935. See more »

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When the two crooks shoot at John Ellman, they fire seven rounds from a revolver that holds but six rounds. See more »

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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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Referenced in Good Neighbors: Backs to the Wall (1975) See more »

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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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