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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 ...
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Jean Sovac
Virginia Brissac ...
Mrs. Margaret Kingsley
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Frank Miller
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William Kane
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Bellhop
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Bartender
Joe King ...
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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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Bela Lugosi was originally cast as Dr. Sovac and Boris Karloff as Kingsley/Cannon, but Karloff's interpretation of the gangster was unconvincing and he was replaced by Stanley Ridges. Karloff instead got the role as Dr. Sovac and Lugosi got a minor role, although his second billing remained. (Bojarski, "The Films of Bela Lugosi", 1980) See more »

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Karloff and Lugosi NOT together
22 February 2001 | by (Crossing the street heh heh) – See all my reviews

Okay when I sat down to watch this film the other night it was with dread.All I had ever heard was how this wasn't a horror movie and it was a cheat because Lugosi & Karloff didn't have any scenes together.

Guess what?It was a darn fine movie.This falls more into a gangster/mad scientist type of genre but is a lot of fun just the same. Stanley Ridges actually steals the movie with his performance as the teacher/gangster.Karloff is his usual wonderful self.Lugosi does a great job in the allegedly thankless role of Varney the gangster.

Rather than go into the details of this little gem why don't you see if you can find a copy of it and watch it.


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