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Director:
Writers:
Ewart Adamson (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 »
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The Walking Dead (1936) *** See more (41 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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
 
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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:
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Certification:
Finland:(Banned) (1936) | USA:Approved (PCA #1812)

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Trivia:
Filming began on November 23 (Boris Karloff's 48th birthday) and lasted 18 days, finishing December 23 1935.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:
Nolan:[as the crooked lawyer misses a shot on a pool table] Straight shot and I missed it!See more »

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23 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
The Walking Dead (1936) ***, 9 July 2005
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

A stylish and expert hybrid between gangster drama and horror (of the mad scientist and zombie variety) made by a studio and director who had cut their teeth on the former but who proved equally adept at the latter on occasion; as for star Boris Karloff, he fared better here than in BLACK Friday (1940), a not dissimilar concoction.

Karloff, as always, is remarkable and very moving as the hapless 'monster': his characterization draws on a few of his previous roles - THE CRIMINAL CODE (1931), FRANKENSTEIN (1931), THE RAVEN (1935) - but also looks forward to Karloff's "Mad Doctor" cycle which began with THE INVISIBLE RAY (1936). Edmund Gwenn is also effective in one of his earlier roles as the doctor who brings Karloff back to life after he is wrongly executed: obsessed by an urge to learn what goes on after death, he drives Karloff on but the latter's only concern is to get even with the corrupt gang which set him up (including Ricardo Cortez's shady lawyer, Barton MacLane as one of his associates and Joe Sawyer as a hit-man, the real murderer).

The film's best moments feature Karloff's zombie rampage which, incongruous as that may seem, have a touch of poetry about them - not least because of the way that every member of the gang dies by his own hand through accident rather than Karloff's! At first, I was wary of the fact that a barely conscious Karloff could travel and somehow reach the gang's home addresses (of which he could have had no prior knowledge) in order to exact his revenge, but it is later suggested that Karloff became all-knowing in the hereafter - which is, after all, what every religion foresees for its believers.

THE WALKING DEAD is a solid little film and I hope that someday Warners releases a Box Set of their lesser-known horror catalogue, to include THE MAD GENIUS (1931), DOCTOR X (1932), THE MASK OF FU MANCHU (1932), MAD LOVE (1935), MARK OF THE VAMPIRE (1935), THE DEVIL-DOLL (1936), THE RETURN OF DR. X (1939) and THE BEAST WITH FIVE FINGERS (1946)...

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