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Director:
Writers:
Lee Katz (screen play)
William J. Makin (from a story by)
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Release Date:
2 December 1939 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD...TO HAUNT THE LIVING!!! See more »
Plot:
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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Fright Night With Bogie See more (45 total) »

Cast

  (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 Sergeant Moran

Creighton Hale ... Hotel Manager
John Ridgely ... Rodgers
Joseph Crehan ... Editor
Glenn Langan ... Interne

William Hopper ... Interne (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
 
Stunts
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


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  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.) (A First National Picture)
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Runtime:
62 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Sweden:15 | UK:H | USA:Approved (PCA #5541)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Walter "Wichita" Garrett reviews the press clippings, two of them refer to "Eugene Xavier". The rest refer to "Maurice Xavier".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?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Biography: Humphrey Bogart" (2003)See more »

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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Fright Night With Bogie, 2 August 2001
Author: telegonus from brighton, ma

This picture isn't bad at all, and is quite entertaining. It's problem is that it isn't very credible. In order to enjoy it one has to put oneself back into the spirit of the late thirties, as the nation was still reeling from the Depression and very much in need this sort of anodyne movie.

Basically it's a mad doctor movie mixed with the sort of breezy newspaper comedy (such as His Girl Friday) then popular. The story has little to do with the first Doctor X movie, which is quite different. Vincent Sherman directs his scenes for maximum suspense and energy, and makes a go at a contemporary horror film set in New York, with brownstones, hospitals and funeral parlors filling in for the usual old dark houses and castles. He succeeds very nicely.

The young leading players are likable but unexceptional. John Litel is, however, very fine as a sane doctor being manipulated by a mad one. The most notable casting is Humphrey Bogart as the resurrected Dr. X, and he is if nothing else visually striking, with his chalky face and hair with a white streak down the middle. He is altogether too familiar to be convincing in the role, which he handles competently.

Overall, I think it's fair to say the movie wasn't meant to be taken too seriously. It was made at a time when horror movies were made for fun as much as fright. Taken on its own terms it delivers the goods, and makes the Warners' standard issue New York streets look as spooky as a graveyard at Halloween.

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