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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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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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Trivia

When Walter 'Wichita' Garrett reviews the press clippings, two of them refer to "Eugene Xavier", the remainder refer to "Maurice Xavier." 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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a rare gem of a b movie
27 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

i am a huge fan of b movies,especially when they have good actors in them.i am also a fan of the old warner brothers gangster movies with James Cagney,Humphrey Bogart,and George Raft.well return of Dr x is the only horror film that Humphrey Bogart ever made.there's a rumor that he was being punished by warner brothers to do this movie.that might be.but i think it was one of his better movies,Bogart plays a zombie like creature named Dr Kane who must kill to get blood,now it sounds like a vampire.well Kane was brought back to life by another Dr after he was executed in the electric chair for being a child murderer.sort of like an early version of Freddy Krueger.the title is very misleading,it is not a sequel to 1932s Dr x.the early two tone color horror starring;Lionel Atwill,and Fay Wray.it is a very interesting rare gem of a b movie that could've starred Boris Karloff who I'm sure was intended for the role.but to see Humphrey Bogart as a zombie vampire walking dead guy its unusual to say the least.i was impressed with return of Dr x.


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