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Director:
Writers:
Curt Siodmak (screenplay) &
Eric Taylor (screenplay)
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Release Date:
12 April 1940 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A Reign Of HORROR... a man-made monster on the loose!
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Where's Bela? See more (38 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Boris Karloff ... Dr. Ernest Sovac

Bela Lugosi ... Eric Marnay
Stanley Ridges ... Prof. George Kingsley / Red Cannon
Anne Nagel ... Sunny Rogers
Anne Gwynne ... Jean Sovac
Virginia Brissac ... Mrs. Margaret Kingsley
Edmund MacDonald ... Frank Miller

Paul Fix ... William Kane
Murray Alper ... Bellhop
Jack Mulhall ... Bartender
Joe King ... Chief of Police
John Kelly ... Taxi Driver
Robert Morgan ... Hotel Associate
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jessie Arnold ... Nurse (uncredited)

Raymond Bailey ... Louis Devore (uncredited)
Elfriede Borodin ... 2nd Nurse (uncredited)
Tommy Conlon ... Student (uncredited)
Franco Corsaro ... Club Maitre d' (uncredited)
James Craig ... Reporter Ernst Gives Notes To (uncredited)
Kernan Cripps ... Detective (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn ... Det. Farnow (uncredited)
Edward Earle ... Detective (uncredited)
Harry Hayden ... Prison Doctor (uncredited)
Frank Jaquet ... Fat Man in Bar (uncredited)
Ellen Lowe ... Midtown Hotel Maid (uncredited)
Jerry Marlowe ... Midtown Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
David Oliver ... Cabbie (uncredited)
Wallace Reid Jr. ... Student (uncredited)
William Ruhl ... G-Man (uncredited)
Frank Sheridan ... Prison Chaplain (uncredited)
Edwin Stanley ... Dr. Warner (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Cabbie (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Det. Carpenter (uncredited)
Dave Willock ... Student (uncredited)
Victor Zimmerman ... G-Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Arthur Lubin 
 
Writing credits
Curt Siodmak (screenplay) (as Kurt Siodmak) &
Eric Taylor (screenplay)

Edmund L. Hartmann  screenplay construction contributor (uncredited)

Produced by
Burt Kelly .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Hans J. Salter (uncredited)
Frank Skinner (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Elwood Bredell 
 
Film Editing by
Philip Cahn 
 
Art Direction by
Jack Otterson 
 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman  (as R.A. Gausman)
 
Costume Design by
Vera West (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Jack P. Pierce .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Frank .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Harold H. MacArthur .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... sound supervisor
Charles Carroll .... sound technician
 
Special Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special effects director (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Hans J. Salter .... musical director (as H.J. Salter)
Ralph Freed .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Charles Henderson .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Charles Previn .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Manley P. Hall .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
70 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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Trivia:
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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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Where's Bela?, 22 September 2005
Author: (bsmith5552@rogers.com) from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

"Black Friday" was sold as another (the fifth of seven) in the Boris Karloff/Bela Lugosi co-starring vehicles however, because of a late casting change which reduced Lugosi's role substantially, the two do not appear on screen together.

The film opens with Dr. Ernst Sovac (Karloff) being led off to his execution. Before he goes he gives his notebook to a reporter which forms the basis for a flashback.

Professor George Kingsley (Stanley Ridges) is injured as the result of an automobile accident resulting from a gun battle between gangsters Red Cannon and Marnay (Lugosi. Cannon is also injured and he and the professor are taken to the same hospital. In order to save his friend, Dr. Sovac transplants part of Cannon's brain into Kingsley, resulting in Cannon's death.

When Kingsley begins to exhibit some of the gangster's traits, Sovac sees this as an opportunity to acquire Cannon's hidden loot of $500,000 for his own purposes. Gradually Kingsley takes on Cannon's personality. Sovac takes him to New York and places him in Cannon's environment. Kingsley/Cannon then begins to exact his revenge upon his former gang which includes Marney, Miller (Edmund MacDonald), Kane (Paul Fix) and Devore (Raymond Bailey). Sovac also takes him to a nightclub where Cannon's girlfriend Sunny Rogers (Anne Nagel) performs.

When Kingsley/Cannon recovers the loot he plans to run off with Sunny, however she has arranged with Marnay to double cross him. When Kingsley/Cannon finds out...........and Sovac is forced to............

Bela Lugosi was originally cast in the part of Kingsley/Cannon but the producers chose instead to bring in the lesser known Stanley Ridges and scrap all of Lugosi's footage. Lugosi was given the smaller role of Marney which resulted in he and Karloff not sharing any scenes together. As it turned out Ridges walked away with the picture in an outstanding performance as the man with the split personality. Karloff gave his usual excellent performance as the scheming doctor.

Others in the cast include Anne Gwynne as Karloff's daughter and Virginia Brisac as Ridges long suffering wife. Also, watch for 30s serial favorite Jack Mulhall as a bartender,

This was the final teaming of Karloff and Lugosi for UNiversal. The pair would appear together in "The Body Snatchers" (1945) for RKO and Val Lewton.

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