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Black Friday (1940)

Approved | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | 12 April 1940 (USA)
Dr. Sovac transplants the brain of a gangster into his professor friend's body to save his life, but there is a side effect that causes a dangerous split personality.

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Stanley Ridges ...
Anne Nagel ...
Anne Gwynne ...
Jean Sovac
Virginia Brissac ...
Mrs. Margaret Kingsley
Edmund MacDonald ...
Frank Miller
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William Kane
Murray Alper ...
Bellhop
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Bartender
Joe King ...
Chief of Police
John Kelly ...
Taxi Driver
Robert Morgan ...
Hotel Associate
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When his friend Professor Kingsley is at deaths door, brain surgeon Dr. Sovac saves his life by means of an illegal operation that transplants part of injured gangster Red Cannon's brain. Unfortunately, the operation has a disastrous Jeckll and Hyde side effect and under certain conditions the persona of Cannon emerges. Sovac soon learns of the duel personality and of half a million dollars the gangster has hidden away. He attempts to find the money through the manipulation of his friend, an attempt that brings Kingsley closer to madness as he alternates between a meek professor of English and a brutal gangster out for murderous revenge on those who tried to kill him. Written by Carlos Valverde <revchuck@hotmail.com>

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A Reign Of HORROR... a man-made monster on the loose!

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12 April 1940 (USA)  »

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Friday the Thirteenth  »

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$125,750 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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According to contemporary publicity reports, Bela Lugosi was put under hypnosis by technical advisor Manley P. Hall to make his death scene more realistic and harrowing. See more »

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this could have been so much better
14 January 2002 | by (Joliet, IL) – See all my reviews

I like the fact this film could fall under so many categories: horror, drama, mystery, melodrama, sci-fi. The first 20-30 minutes are great, and it could have turned into a classic, despite its unrealism. But then a few bad turns take it down the road to a 6. One decision for the film alone doomed it out of the classic category. Be prepared: Bela Lugosi has a small part and does not appear with Boris Karloff.


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