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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 <col@imdb.com>

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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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One of Lugosi's Best Performances
19 December 2001 | by (Franklin, VA) – See all my reviews

This is one of Lugosi's top movies. It's right up there with Dracula, White Zombie, Son of Frankenstein, and the Raven. Lugosi plays a dual role as a lecherous insurance salesman and kindly Dr Dearborn, a kindly blind teacher. Lugosi is at his sinister best as he knocks off people for their insurance money using the blind to do his bidding.

In one truly evil sequence, Lugosi makes one of the blind men deaf when he discovers that he had tried to warn someone about Lugosi. I won't spoil the ending. Not to be missed for Lugosifiles.


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