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Lee Katz (screen play)
William J. Makin (from a story by)
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Release Date:
2 December 1939 (USA) See more »
A hotshot reporter and a young doctor team up to investigate a series of grisly murders and a mysterious sample of synthetic blood. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Humphrey Bogart ... Marshall Quesne

Rosemary Lane ... Joan Vance

Wayne Morris ... Walter Garrett

Dennis Morgan ... Michael Rhodes

John Litel ... 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 Sgt. Moran

Creighton Hale ... Hotel Manager
John Ridgely ... Rodgers

Joseph Crehan ... Editor

Glenn Langan ... Intern

William Hopper ... Intern (as DeWolf Hopper)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nat Carr ... Reporter (uncredited)
Loia Cheaney ... Nurse (uncredited)
Eddie Graham ... Hospital Attendant (uncredited)

John Harron ... Reporter (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)

Frank Mayo ... Attorney (uncredited)
John 'Skins' Miller ... Newspaper Vendor (uncredited)

Jack Mower ... Policeman Guarding Rodgers' Room (uncredited)

Paul Panzer ... Hospital Attendant (uncredited)
Frank Pharr ... Andy - the Night Editor (uncredited)
Gwen Seager ... Miss Lawrence (uncredited)
Claude Wisberg ... Office Boy (uncredited)

Ian Wolfe ... Cemetery Caretaker (uncredited)

Directed by
Vincent Sherman 
Writing credits
Lee Katz (screen play)

William J. Makin (from a story by)

Produced by
Bryan Foy .... associate producer (uncredited)
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Bernhard Kaun (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Sidney Hickox  (as Sid Hickox)
Film Editing by
Thomas Pratt (film editor)
Art Direction by
Esdras Hartley 
Costume Design by
Milo Anderson (gowns)
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Louis Baum .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Maybery .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Charles Lang .... sound
Buster Wiles .... stunt double: Humphrey Bogart (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Bernhard Kaun .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
John Langan .... dialogue director
Leo Morton Schulman .... technical advisor (as Dr. Leo Schulman)
Crew believed to be complete

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.) (A First National Picture)

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62 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Sweden:15 | UK:H | USA:Approved (PCA #5541)

Did You Know?

Directorial debut of Vincent Sherman.See more »
Continuity: 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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Biography: Humphrey Bogart" (2003)See more »


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20 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Bogart as the first punk rocker, 4 October 2005
Author: krorie from Van Buren, Arkansas

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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