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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 »
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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 »
User Reviews:
Minor Horror Masterpiece See more (42 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


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  • 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 "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 »
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:
[looking up to Heaven, while being led to the electric chair]
John Ellman:*He'll* believe me.
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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Minor Horror Masterpiece, 26 October 1999

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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