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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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Werner
Joe King ...
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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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The accident scene was shot in Griffith Park. See more »

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

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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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An overlooked and eerie minor classic
2 March 1999 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Michael Curtiz directed this odd combination of gangster and horror films for Warner Bros. Karloff is a minor gangster released from prison who is framed and executed for murder. He's brought back to life when his name is cleared and confronts each of the men who framed him with his knowledge from beyond the grave. The execution scene is absolutely excruciating, as the only witnesses to the crime try to get the corrupt governor to call in a pardon while the music-loving Karloff walks to the electric chair, accompanied by a cello.


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