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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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Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Karloff and Lugosi Stand Back! 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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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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Trivia:
Of the eight films featuring Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi the two stars have no scenes together in this film and also "Gift of Gab."See more »
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Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Bela Lugosi (1996) (V)See more »

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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Karloff and Lugosi Stand Back!, 16 March 2002

There are so few films in which either Boris Karloff or Bela Lugosi are in where they do not steal each and every scene, but Black Friday is indeed one such film. Character actor Stanley Ridges delivers the performance of his career as a dottering English literature professor that has the brain cells from a gangster implanted into his brain in order to save his life. Dr. Slovac, deliciously played by Karloff, performs the necessary surgery and soon puts his friend's life in peril as he tries to force him to relive memories in order to find five hundred thousand dollars. Ridges basically flows from one personality to another. The transformation is incredible as he looks and speaks and moves like a completely different actor in every way. He certainly deserved some recognition for this acting feat. The story has the feel of a gangster film mixed with supernatural elements. Lugosi has a small(and I would argue thankless) role as a gangster. He has little to do with his role and does little with it. The cast is fine overall with a surprisingly good performance from the lovely Anne Nagel as the former gangster's moll. Fine Universal production values, intriguing writing by Curt Siodmak, and the performance of a lifetime from Ridges make this film a cinematic treat. Just for added measure are a couple of guys named...Karloff and Lugosi. Too bad they do not share a scene in the film!

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