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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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Marshall Quesne
Rosemary Lane ...
Joan Vance
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Walter Garrett
Dennis Morgan ...
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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2 December 1939 (USA)  »

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

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When Angela Merrova faints, her head falls to her left; in the close-up her head is to her right. See more »

Quotes

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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Bogart as the first punk rocker
4 October 2005 | by (Van Buren, Arkansas) – See all my reviews

Bogart has been given a bad press for his role in "The Return of Doctor X." Why he even gave himself a bad press, saying the role was forced on him by the studio, a role intended for Boris Karloff. But actually Bogart's performance is one of the best ingredients in this campy flick. Bogart's two really terrible acting attempts were the same year in "The Oklahoma Kid," where he tried to play dastardly villain, Whip McCord, and "Dark Victory," where Bogart is completely miscast as an Irish horse trainer.

Nineteen thirty nine must have been Bogart's quirky year. He finally found himself in the early 1940's and with "The Maltese Falcon" became a screen icon. In "The Return of Doctor X," with his chalky makeup and streaked hair, Bogart resembles a punk rocker before his time.

The film is not bad entertainment. The weakest part is the attempt by Wayne Morris to be funny. He thinks falling into a room by leaning against a supposedly locked door which suddenly opens is hilarious. So much so that he does it twice. The funniest character is Huntz Hall early in his career. There is one funny line from Morris. After digging up Quesne's body and in a hurry to leave, morris tells the caretaker to "put it back," then rushes off.

The acting is top notch with the best performance coming from John Litel, closely matched by Bogart's left-field mad dead doctor. All in all a curious and worthwhile film, especially for Bogart fans.


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