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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
Lya Lys ...
Angela Merrova
Huntz Hall ...
Pinky
Charles C. Wilson ...
Detective Roy Kincaid (as Charles Wilson)
Vera Lewis ...
Miss Sweetman
Howard C. Hickman ...
Chairman (scenes deleted) (as Howard Hickman)
Olin Howland ...
Undertaker
Arthur Aylesworth ...
Guide (scenes deleted)
Cliff Saum ...
Detective Sergeant Moran
Creighton Hale ...
Hotel Manager
John Ridgely ...
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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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HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD...TO HAUNT THE LIVING!!! See more »


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Boris Karloff was to star as Dr. X. See more »

Goofs

When Bogart abducts Rosemary Lane they leave in a light colored, late '30's cab. As the police pursue them it changes to a black, vintage car. When they arrive at the hide-out in the woods its a newer light colored cab again. See more »

Quotes

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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GREAT CAST OF CLASSIC FILM ACTORS !
7 November 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Many of these low budget films made by First National in the late 1930's, sort out many up and coming movie stars. There was other films called "The Strange Case of Dr. RX (Universal 1942) They knew that Humphrey Bogart was a great star in "Dead End" 1937, so they hired Bogart, who was willing to play any character he was offered at the time, when money was very hard to come by as an actor just starting out in films. Wayne Morris (Walter "Wichita" Garrett) played a dippy newspaper reporter, but in real life was a War Hero in WWII and starred in "Paths of Glory" which was a great success. If you look close, Huntz Hall (Pinky) who was one of the Bowery Boys and also appeared in "Dead End" '37 as "Dippy" all were starting their careers. No matter what you think of this film, you have to consider the background years when this film was made and enjoy seeing great actors JUST STARTING OUT IN LIFE !


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