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Director:
Writers:
Ewart Adamson (screen play) &
Peter Milne (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
14 March 1936 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
THE BODY OF A GIANT! THE MIND OF A FIEND! RETURNED FROM THE DEAD TO WREAK VENGEANCE UPON HIS PERSECUTORS!! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
After hapless pianist and ex-con John Elman is framed for murder, he is resurrected by a scientist after his execution. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Unique horror/gangster film See more (44 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Boris Karloff ... John Ellman

Ricardo Cortez ... Nolan

Edmund Gwenn ... Dr. Beaumont
Marguerite Churchill ... Nancy
Warren Hull ... Jimmy

Barton MacLane ... 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
Ruth Robinson ... Mrs. Shaw
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brandon Beach ... Second Guest (uncredited)
George Beranger ... Nolan's Butler (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... Cellist's Guard (uncredited)
Tom Brower ... Bailiff (uncredited)
James P. Burtis ... Guard Who Answers Phone Too Late (uncredited)
Edwin J. Carlie ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Glen Cavender ... Man in Courtroom (uncredited)
Lucille Collins ... Courtroom Woman Dodging 'Betcha' (uncredited)
Frank Darien ... Cemetery Caretaker (uncredited)
Sarah Edwards ... Female Doctor - Guest at Party (uncredited)
Bill Elliott ... First American Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Carl Faulkner ... Warden at Execution (uncredited)
Edward Gargan ... Guard Sitting Outside Warden's Office (uncredited)
Malcolm Graham ... Third Guest (uncredited)
Earle Hodgins ... Trial Reporter (uncredited)
Harry Hollingsworth ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Fred Hueston ... Fourth Guest (uncredited)
Paul Irving ... First Guest (uncredited)
Boyd Irwin ... British Doctor (uncredited)
John Kelly ... Joe - Merritt's Bodyguard (uncredited)
Crauford Kent ... British Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Larry Kent ... Reporter (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Reporter (uncredited)
Richard Kipling ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Isabel La Mal ... Sob Sister (uncredited)
Charles Marsh ... Reporter (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Florist (uncredited)
Nick Moro ... Convict (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Juror (uncredited)
Spec O'Donnell ... Copy Boy (uncredited)
Paul Panzer ... Man in Courtroom (uncredited)
Jean Perry ... French Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Bailiff (uncredited)
James Pierce ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Lee Prather ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Harrington Reynolds ... English Doctor (uncredited)
Sam Rice ... Counterman (uncredited)
John J. Richardson ... Man Leaving First Trial (uncredited)
Syd Saylor ... Courtroom Reporter (uncredited)
Tom Schamp ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Courtroom Man Dodging 'Betcha' (uncredited)
Edgar Sherrod ... Prison Chaplain (uncredited)
Eddie Shubert ... Reporter (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Trusty (uncredited)
Leo White ... Man in Courtroom (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Curtiz 
 
Writing credits
Ewart Adamson (screen play) &
Peter Milne (screen play) and
Robert Hardy Andrews (screen play) (as Robert Andrews) and
Lillie Hayward (screen play)

Ewart Adamson (story) and
Joseph Fields (story)

Produced by
Louis F. Edelman .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Bernhard Kaun (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Hal Mohr (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Thomas Pratt (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Hugh Reticker 
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Russell Saunders .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun .... musical adaptation (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Irving Rapper .... dialogue director
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.) (A Warner Bros. Picture)
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Runtime:
66 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Finland:(Banned) (1936) | USA:Approved (PCA #1812)

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Trivia:
The accident scene was shot in Griffith Park.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: 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: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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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Young Frankenstein (1974)See more »

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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Unique horror/gangster film, 26 October 1999
Author: Wayne Malin (wwaayynnee51@hotmail.com) from United States

This is a one of a kind--combination horror/gangster! Karloff (who's just incredible) is bought back from the dead after being wrongfully executed and takes revenge on those who set him up. It's basically a gangster film until the last half hour--then the scary stuff kicks in. The film is VERY short (70 minutes) and moves quickly. It's intelligent (although bringing a person back from the dead after they've been electrocuted is a stretch!), very well-directed (effective use of shadows and camera angles) but the main reason to watch is Karloff. He never received the attention he deserved because he made horror films, which are still looked down upon. He was a wonderful actor and in this movie gives one of his best performances ("The Black Room" is probably THE best he ever gave). Just check out his expression after he "kills" the men he goes after. Excellent job. A perfect "B" movie. Don't miss it! I don't believe this is on video (I saw it on TCM), so if you get a chance, SEE IT! You won't be disappointed!

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