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Director:
Writers:
Karl Brown (screen play)
Harold Shumate (story)
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Release Date:
18 April 1940 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
He kills in the name of science...Tombs of ice for the living...Chambers of horror for the dead! See more »
Plot:
A medical researcher visits the deserted home of a pioneer in cryogenic science who disappeared 10 years earlier and finds him frozen in ice but still alive. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A Hard-to-Find Gem That's Worth Seeking Out See more (21 total) »

Cast

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Boris Karloff ... Dr. Leon Kravaal
Roger Pryor ... Dr. Tim Mason
Jo Ann Sayers ... Judith Blair
Stanley Brown ... Bob Adams
John Dilson ... John Hawthorne
Hal Taliaferro ... Sheriff Stanton
Byron Foulger ... Dr. Bassett
Charles Trowbridge ... Dr. Harvey
Ernie Adams ... Pete Daggett
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bruce Bennett ... State Trooper (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Doctor Spectator (uncredited)
Eddie Dew ... Doctor Spectator Listening to Explanation (uncredited)
Minta Durfee ... Frozen Therapy Patient (uncredited)
William Marion ... Doctor Spectator (uncredited)
Charles Miller ... Doctor Spectator Explaining Procedure (uncredited)
Ivan Miller ... Sheriff Haley (uncredited)
Wedgwood Nowell ... Doctor Spectator (uncredited)
Cyril Ring ... Doctor Spectator (uncredited)
Landers Stevens ... Doctor Spectator (uncredited)
Lee Willard ... Frozen Body of Jasper Adams (uncredited)
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Directed by
Nick Grinde  (as Nick Grindé)
 
Writing credits
Karl Brown (screen play)

Harold Shumate (story)

Produced by
Irving Briskin .... producer (uncredited)
Wallace MacDonald .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Benjamin H. Kline (director of photography) (as Benjamin Kline)
 
Film Editing by
Al Clark (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Lionel Banks 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur S. Black Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Edward Bernds .... sound engineer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Gerard Carbonara .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ben Oakland .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Karol Rathaus .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (uncredited)
Gregory Stone .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ralph S. Willard .... technical advisor (as Dr. Ralph S. Willard)
 
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Runtime:
74 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Canada:G (Ontario) | USA:Approved (PCA #6183) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
Part of the SON OF SHOCK package of 21 titles released to television in 1958, which followed the original SHOCK THEATER release of 52 features one year earlier. This was also one of the 12 Columbia titles, the other 61 all being Universals.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: When Dr. Mason uses the "standard" method of reviving Dr. Kravaal, it doesn't appear to be anything more than placing him near a fire and putting blankets on him. He asks his nurse for "more coffee," but it's unclear what he's doing with the coffee which would help him resuscitate the doctor as Kravaal is unconscious and can't be drinking it.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
opening title card scroll:Added to the many miracles performed by modern science that have accounted for the saving of thousands upon thousands of human beings, comes its newest and most modern discovery - frozen therapy. ¶Estimates of how long frozen therapy can produce a state of suspended animation range from days to years...
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A Hard-to-Find Gem That's Worth Seeking Out, 28 March 2005
Author: CarPort1 from New York City

This little known gem from 1940 is impressive for a few reasons: first, it stands head and shoulders above most of the B movies of the era, largely due to a good script and a great performance from Boris Karloff. Also, while made in the midst of the Universal horror period, it demonstrates some of the best elements of that genre, however it also pre-figures the oncoming decade of sci-fi flicks of the 50s, but with a more intelligent, and mysterious, plot than most of the B sci-fi films that followed. It also incorporates some noir elements such as shadowy images, gun play, etc. The Man with Nine Lives is also known under the alternative title Behind the Door (which is actually more accurate).

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