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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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The Mysterious Bogie Man See more (37 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)
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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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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Sweden:15 | UK:H | USA:Approved (PCA #5541)

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Trivia:
Boris Karloff was to star as Dr. X.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
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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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
The Mysterious Bogie Man, 10 December 2003
Author: lugonian from Kissimmee, Florida

THE RETURN OF DOCTOR X (Warner Brothers, 1939) directed by Vincent Sherman, is in retrospect, not a sequel to the 1932 early two-strip Technicolor mystery, DOCTOR X (First National) that featured Lionel Atwill and Fay Wray, but actually a Grade Z programmer surprisingly headed by a very interesting cast of non-horror actors working with second-hand material from a screenplay by Lee Katz working with second-hand material from a screenplay by Lee Katz. Regardless of what's displayed on screen, in capable hands this might have worked as one of the finer "B" films of the horror or science fiction genre. Production values, though, are on a bigger scale than any poverty row horror film from Monogram Studios, and slightly beneath what Universal would start producing by the mid 1940s. THE RETURN OF DOCTOR X, however, as the title indicates, is a story about a scientist, and the scientist in question is not Doctor X, but on a Doctor Francis Flegg (John Litel) whose profession is on blood experiments.

Plot: Walter Barnett (Wayne Morris), a hapless reporter from Wichita, Kansas, working for the Morning Dispatch in New York City, arranges for an interview with European actress, Angela Merrova (Lya Lys), currently staying at the Park Vista Hotel. Later that day, Barnett (whose spoken surname sounds more like Garrett) comes to her hotel room to find her dead, stabbed through the heart. After telephoning the news to the city editor about his discovery, the news about Merrova's death makes the front page. However, rather than getting a promotion, Barnett is called to his editor's office to find not only Angela Merrova to be sitting there very much alive (in spite of her dead white appearance), but to be suing the Morning Dispatch of $100,000 for damages on her reputation. Fired from his job, Barnett comes to Jules Memorial Hospital where he tells his intern friend, Michael Rhodes (Dennis Morgan), of the circumstances, which Rhodes finds hard to believe. Stanley Rodgers (John Ridgely), a blood donor specialist scheduled to arrive at the hospital for a transfusion prior to an operation performed by Doctor Francis Flegg (John Litel), is found dead. Barnett notices Rodgers has died in the same fashion as Angela Merrova. Through a series of investigations, it is learned that any patient with Type One blood (the same blood type of Rodgers) has disappeared from the hospital, leaving the victims drained of their blood. As Rhodes goes to Doctor Flegg for a visit, he's followed inconspicuously by Barnett. Before meeting with Flegg, Rhodes is met by Flegg's laboratory assistant (Humphrey Bogart), whose ghost-like facial features and acquiring his icy cold and shake indicates that there's something entirely strange and mysterious about him. As for Barnett (peeking through the windows), believing he's seen this man before, goes through the file room of the Morning Dispatch looking for clues. He discovers through old newspaper clippings that Flegg's assistant bears some connection to the recently executed Doctor X.

Featured in the supporting cast are: Rosemary Lane as Joan Vance, the student nurse; Huntz Hall as Pinky, the newspaper copy boy; Charles C. Wilson as Detective Roy Kincaid; and Vera Lewis as Nurse Sweetman. Olin Howland playing the morgue attendant is very amusing with his "dead" sense of humor.

Zombie-like creatures, including Bogart (billed as Marshall Quesne, but who refers himself to the name that sounds more like "Kane," sporting glasses and a streak of white hair down his head) and Lya Lys, in desperate need for specific rare blood types in order to stay alive and roaming the city, makes THE RETURN OF DOCTOR X quite interesting in plot though sometimes unbearable with its over abundance of "comedy relief" by Wayne Morris. What makes this "thriller" watchable is the unusual casting of the soon to be "superstar" Humphrey Bogart, then a resident Warner Brothers stock player notable for playing gangster-types. While Boris Karloff, who specialized in roles as this, was appearing in programmers at Warners (1938-40), makes one wonder why he wasn't awarded the role given to Bogey instead. Maybe because that's to be expected. With Bogart, it's not, which is why it makes fantastic viewing during its quick 62 minutes time frame. Another point of interest is finding Bogart's name billed third during the opening credits, and star credit for its closing cast listing. With its sci-fi influence, THE RETURN OF DOCTOR X is campy, often amusing, and seldom scary. It does offer Rosemary Lane a rare opportunity enacting the frightful heroine quite commonly found in horror films, as well as an opportunity to belt out a scream or two while tied onto a laboratory table as she's to become the next victim of losing her blood. In traditional Bogart form, the story does find time for some gun play and car chases down the city streets. As for Dennis Morgan, who began his movie career for MGM under the name of Stanley Morner, makes a fine serious-minded secondary character in his Warner Brothers debut. He would soon rise to leading roles within a few years, becoming best known for his frequent partnership opposite Jack Carson in a series of Technicolor musical-comedies throughout the 1940s.

THE RETURN OF DOCTOR X, thus far, has never been distributed on video cassette. It currently plays on Turner Classic Movies, especially in October in collaboration of Halloween and other horror flicks. (**1/2 blood transfusions)

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