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Director:
Writers:
Karl Brown (screenplay)
George Wallace Sayre (story)
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Release Date:
17 August 1939 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
TRANSFORMED BY THE HANGMAN'S NOOSE...from a doctor serving humanity into a demon filled with hate...and terrorizing blood-lust! See more »
Plot:
When Dr. Savaard's experiment in cryonics is interrupted by the short-sighted authorities, his volunteer dies, and he is condemned to death. He vows vengeance if he can survive his own hanging. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Boris Karloff ... Dr. Henryk Savaard
Lorna Gray ... Janet Savaard
Robert Wilcox ... 'Scoop' Foley
Roger Pryor ... District Attorney Drake

Don Beddoe ... Police Lt. Shane

Ann Doran ... Betty Crawford
Joe De Stefani ... Dr. Stoddard
Charles Trowbridge ... Judge Bowman
Byron Foulger ... Lang
Dick Curtis ... Jury Foreman Clifford Kearney
James Craig ... Juror Watkins
John Tyrrell ... Juror Sutton
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Anderson ... Prison Warden (uncredited)
Sam Ash ... Druggist (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Harlan Briggs ... Defense Attorney Parker (uncredited)
Stanley Brown ... Bob Roberts (uncredited)
Flo Campbell ... Housewife (uncredited)
John Dilson ... King - City Editor (uncredited)
Carl Faulkner ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Juror (uncredited)
Frank Jaquet ... Cigar-Smoking Fat Juror (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Reporter (uncredited)
William Lally ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Perc Launders ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Larry Lund ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Ian Maclaren ... Priest (uncredited)
Charles McAvoy ... Prison Official (uncredited)
Charles Miller ... Dr. Avery - Juror (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Reporter (uncredited)
Franklin Parker ... Second Reporter (uncredited)
Tom Quinn ... Reporter (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... Juror (uncredited)
Walter Sande ... Reporter at Typewriter (uncredited)

Robert Sterling ... First Reporter (uncredited)
Edward Thomas ... Butler (uncredited)
Cyril Thornton ... Senior Butler (uncredited)

Directed by
Nick Grinde  (as Nick Grindé)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Karl Brown  screenplay
George Wallace Sayre  story
Leslie T. White  story

Produced by
Wallace MacDonald .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Benjamin H. Kline  (as Benjamin Kline)
 
Film Editing by
William A. Lyon  (as William Lyon)
 
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Thomas Flood .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
George Cooper .... sound engineer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
R.H. Bassett .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Joseph Nussbaum .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ben Oakland .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
George Parrish .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Karol Rathaus .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
William Grant Still .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Gregory Stone .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
64 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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Trivia:
Shooting lasted from June 27-July 12, 1939, released Aug. 17.See more »
Quotes:
Priest:It seems strange to see you in such good spirits, Doctor.
Dr. Henryk Savaard:Strange that I should have no fear of dying? Well, I have lived so long questioning the unknown that this plunge into its depths is only the last and perhaps the greatest of my experiments.
Priest:Have you no faith?
Dr. Henryk Savaard:As a scientist, I'm afraid I'm a professional skeptic who doubts everything - even the certainties.
Priest:But do you not recognize the great truths?
Dr. Henryk Savaard:I never found one that would bear analysis.
Priest:Can't you conceive of a truth too great for the human mind to analyze?
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Always remember I offered you life and you gave me death!, 19 January 2014
Author: utgard14 from USA

Dr. Henryk Savaard (Boris Karloff) and his assistant are performing an experiment on reviving recently deceased people through use of an artificial heart. Unfortunately, the assistant's girlfriend is scared and runs to the police. They arrive before Savaard can complete the experiment and the assistant dies. Savaard is convicted and executed for murder. However, another assistant uses the artificial heart to bring him back to life. But the good doctor is batspit crazy and out for blood. So he starts killing off those he holds responsible for his death one by one. The first of several movies Karloff made for Columbia where he played a mad scientist type out for revenge. It's formulaic but it works. Karloff carries the movie as always.

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