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Before I Hang (1940)

Unrated | | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi | 17 September 1940 (USA)
A physician on death row for a mercy killing is allowed to experiment on a serum using a criminals' blood, but secretly tests it on himself. He gets a pardon, but finds out he's become a Jekyll-&-Hyde.

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A physician on death row for a mercy killing is allowed to experiment on a serum using a criminals' blood, but secretly tests it on himself. He gets a pardon, but finds out he's become a Jekyll-&-Hyde.

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This film was shot in the house later used in the 1945 title The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) staring Hurd Hatfield. See more »

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Dr. John Garth: And when my body is brought back from the autopsy room, apply the tests that i've outlined to you.
Dr. Ralph Howard: But...
Dr. John Garth: ...and you must forget that we've worked together, that we are friends. You must go on! Learn what you can from the study of my heart, my brain, and my blood!
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Featured in The Lady with the Torch (1999) See more »

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BORIS KARLOFF WAS A MERCY KILLER!
7 April 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I viewed this film many years ago, and have not seen it for a long time. I was surprised to see Evelyn Keyes as co-star with Boris Karloff, playing his daughter. It is hard to believe that Evelyn Keyes had just finished working in "Gone With The Wind" in 1939 and then in 1940 played a minor role with Karloff in a low budget "B" movie. Karloff becomes a Mercy Killer and then is injected with a murder's blood and starts killing all his old friends. It appears that Karloff does not know just what he wants to do in this picture, help people become younger and live longer, or prevent them from suffering, or just plain kill them. You have to be a Boris Karloff fan to enjoy this film classic.


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