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The Return of Doctor X (1939)

Approved  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi  |  2 December 1939 (USA)
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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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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 ...
Rodgers
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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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Although Wayne Morris is billed as "Walter Barnett," he is called "Walter Garrett" in the film. See more »

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When Wayne Morris discovers the murdered woman the telephone is on the floor with the handset off the cradle. In the next scene he picks up the same telephone to call the police. It is now on the table instead of the floor. See more »

Quotes

Detective Roy Kincaid: What is this Group 1, Group 4 business?
Dr. Mike Rhodes: Well, you see, medical science has discovered that human blood is divided into four different groups, #1 being the most rare and #4 the most common,. We must see to it that certain of these types are not mixed in the transfusion.
Detective Roy Kincaid: Then would you say that whoever came into Rodgers' room to kill him was looking for #1 blood?
Dr. Mike Rhodes: It's possible. That's why I think the coronor made a mistakre in his report, so do you mind if I make a test of these stains for myself...
Detective Roy Kincaid:
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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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