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

 -  Crime | Horror | Mystery  -  24 March 1940 (USA)
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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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Dr. Feodor Orloff / Prof. John Dearborn
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Greta Gynt ...
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Lieutenant Patrick O'Reilly
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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 <col@imdb.com>

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Based on "The Dark Eyes Of London" By Edgar Wallace [Poster under title of The Human Monster]

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The Stainsbury machine is a Braille shorthand machine. Henry Stainsby, superintendent of Birmingham Institution of the Blind in England and Alfred Wayne developed several of these devices, commencing in 1899. The one seen on the film is similar to the 'Improved Stainsby Braille Writer' of 1933. See more »

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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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Wonderfully Evil
27 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Low budget, crummy sets, awful photography. Still a minor masterpiece. Real evil hasn't changed much, has it? This movie is downright disturbing, I love it. Toss is in a healthy dose of English-style black humor and a cheap girl in bondage scene, what more could you ask for? I've always felt this movie played with what I suspect is our instinctual fears of handicapped people (blind, deaf, etc). Which is something we deny because we want to think of ourselves as being charitable and helping and politically correct. No other flick I've seen does this. One creepy little flick with a wonderfully ghastly ending scene. Bella was the best. "Luke? Luke?" Many will find this flick offensive today, just wonderful - Bella's laughing somewhere at us. Real horror doesn't require Frankestein's creation, Vampires, Mummies or Werewolves. Because the real monster is sometimes us -"The Human Monster". Now that is scary.


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