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The Return of Doctor X (1939)

Approved | | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 2 December 1939 (USA)
A hotshot reporter and a young doctor team up to investigate a series of grisly murders and a mysterious sample of synthetic blood.

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Joan Vance
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Walter Garrett
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Michael Rhodes
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Dr. Francis Flegg
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Angela Merrova
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Pinky
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Detective Roy Kincaid (as Charles Wilson)
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Miss Sweetman
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New York newspaper reporter Walter Barnett finds himself out of a job after he claims to have found actress Angela Merrova dead in her apartment - only the next day she showed up alive and threatened to sue the paper. Determined to investigate he discovers her involvement with a strange doctor who is an expert on human blood. Barnett then finds a connection to a series of gruesome murders where the victims were all found drained of blood. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Humphrey Bogart said of this film: "This is one of the pictures that made me march in to [Warner Bros. studio chief Jack L. Warner] and ask for more money again. You can't believe what this one was like. I had a part that somebody like Bela Lugosi or Boris Karloff should have played. I was this doctor, brought back to life, and the only thing that nourished this poor bastard was blood. If it had been Jack Warner's blood or [Harry Warner's] or [Sam Warner's] maybe I wouldn't have minded as much. The trouble was, they were drinking mine and I was making this stinking movie." See more »

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Although Wayne Morris is billed as "Walter Barnett", he is called "Walter Garrett" in the film. See more »

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Walter 'Wichita' Garrett: Maybe she's not dead.
Editor: If she's not dead, they're playing a dirty trick on her because they're taking her over to Bixby's Undertaking Parlor.
[to both Rhodes and Garrett]
Editor: Now get out of here both of you!
Walter 'Wichita' Garrett: Yes, sir!
Editor: [angrily] And don't come back!
[they leave]
Walter 'Wichita' Garrett: [to Rhodes] I won't believe she's dead 'til I see it with my own eyes. Even then I won't believe it!
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Silly B-picture, but mandatory viewing for one reason
19 October 1998 | by (San Francisco, Ca., USA) – See all my reviews

Fast, spry and completely forgettable except for one thing -- Humphrey Bogart, only months away from super-stardom, was assigned against his will to play the villain. His first appearance -- made up to look like a dime-store mannequin, cradling a rabbit in his arms -- is perhaps the most priceless entry in the huge gallery of star-embarrassments.


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