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The Human Monster (1939)
"The Dark Eyes of London" (original title)

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Insurance agent-physician collects on policies of men murdered by a disfigured resident of the home for the blind where he acts as doctor-on-call.



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A series of strange deaths takes place in London. All are accidents but the victims are single men with no family and they all have a link to a life insurance company run by the mysterious Dr. Orloff. Written by Col Needham <>

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24 March 1940 (USA)  »

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Holt's statement "As the walrus said to the carpenter, the time has come..." is a reference to the poem, 'The Walrus and the Carpenter', from Lewis Carroll's 'Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There'. See more »


Dr. Feodor Orloff: You have been very foolish, Lou. You are blind, and you cannot speak. But you can hear - and that will never do!
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Version of Dead Eyes of London (1961) See more »

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Surprisingly good cheapie
24 August 2002 | by (Newfoundland, Canada) – See all my reviews

Bela Lugosi lights up the screen as the evil Dr. Orloff in this film based on a story by Edgar Wallace. A number of curious drownings in the Thames River leads a Scotland yard detective named Inspector Holmes(I kid you not!) to investigate the insurance company run by Orloff. And just does Dearborn's Home For the Destitute Blind factor into all of this? Lugosi is at his most sinister but the final revelation concerning where he went into hiding doesn't hold-up under close scrutiny - Lugosi's voice should have been used.

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