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Black Friday
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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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1 win See more »
User Reviews:
KARLOFF TRANSPLANTS PART OF A BRAIN! See more (40 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)
Russell Wade ... Student (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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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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Trivia:
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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
KARLOFF TRANSPLANTS PART OF A BRAIN!, 2 June 2003
Author: whpratt1 from United States

While a group of gangsters battle it out on a street, George Kingsley (Stanley Ridges), a college professor, is injured. George and a famous gangster, Red Cannon, are brought to a hospital. In an effort to save his friend Kingsley, Dr. Sovac (Boris Karloff) transplants part of Cannon's brain to Kingsley's. Kingsley survives the operation, but Cannon dies. There is a struggle to find the location of $500,000 that Cannon hid from his rival Marnay (Bela Lugosi). Sovac hypnotizes him, Kingsley is transformed into Red Cannon and starts killing everyone in sight. Lugosi in many ways stole the scenes from Karloff in this picture dispite the fact that Karloff had the leading role. This was Karloff's and Lugosi last film together with Universal. This is a must see film for all Karloff and Lugosi fans!

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