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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:
Wonderful melodramatic hooey 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)
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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:
Part of the Son of Shock package of 20 titles released to television in 1958, which followed the original Shock Theater release of 52 features one year earlier.See more »
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Featured in Lugosi: The Forgotten King (1985) (TV)See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful melodramatic hooey, 8 September 2005
Author: KillerCadugen from Waterbury, Connecticut

In order to save a friend's life (Ridges), Dr. Ernest Sovac (Karloff) must perform a "brain transplantation" using the brain from a gangster (also played by Ridges). It is an illegal operation and one that has horrifying results. I must admit I had a hard time getting past the idea that a man who had a brain transplant would make up and still be himself (and not the person whose brain he now had), but once I did I enjoyed all the wonderful melodramatic hooey. Karloff is great in his role as the caring doctor with a sinister motive for saving his friend's life and Lugosi is super in his unusual role as a gangster (despite his European accents). But Stanley Ridges stole this show and did a perfect job with his Jekyll and Hyde personas.

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