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The Return of Doctor X (1939)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marshall Quesne
Rosemary Lane ...
Joan Vance
Walter Garrett
Dennis Morgan ...
Michael Rhodes
Dr. Francis Flegg
Lya Lys ...
Angela Merrova
Huntz Hall ...
Charles C. Wilson ...
Detective Roy Kincaid (as Charles Wilson)
Vera Lewis ...
Miss Sweetman
Howard C. Hickman ...
Chairman (scenes deleted) (as Howard Hickman)
Olin Howland ...
Arthur Aylesworth ...
Guide (scenes deleted)
Cliff Saum ...
Detective Sergeant Moran
Creighton Hale ...
Hotel Manager
John Ridgely ...


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 <>

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2 December 1939 (USA)  »

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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's, or Pop'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 »


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 »


Dr. Mike Rhodes: Thank you very much.
Walter 'Wichita' Garrett: Well, I hope to see you again sometime.
Undertaker: I'm sure you will!
[Garrett does a reactive 'take.']
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It's OK, But Not Much Of A 'Horror'' Film
27 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As others have pointed out, this really isn't a sequel to the 1932 film "Doctor X." Too might have been better had it been. Not that this is bad; it isn't, but isn't anything to write home about, either. Thanfully, it's only 62 minutes. Had this been 20 minutes longer, it would have been a yawner.

First, for a "horror" picture, this isn't much horror. Actually there is no horror, nothing in here that is going to frighten the most timid of souls. The only strange- looking person is Humphrey Bogart and all classic film buffs will do is laugh when they see "Bogie" in here. With a plastic-looking face and some weird hair coloring, you want to laugh out loud when you first see him.

Wayne Morris and Dennis Morgan are the real stars of the film. They are in almost every scene, with Morris as reporter "Walter 'Wichita' Garrett" and Morgan as "Dr. Mike Rhodes." John Litel plays a Dr. Frankenstein-type character in "Dr. Flegg," a key member of this cast.

This movie is almost all talk until the 59-minute mark when "Dr. X" makes a run for it and gets involved in gunfire. Yet, it's never boring, either. The scenes move quickly from place to place and plays more like a crime film than anything else. Typical of early '30s crime movies, we get some corny humor from one of the characters, in this case from Morris.

Kudos to the Hollywood Legends Of Horror series to make this DVD transfer so nice looking. It's part of an attractive package of 1930s horror films.

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