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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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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)

Directed by
Nick Grinde  (as Nick Grindé)
 
Writing credits
Karl Brown (screen play)

Harold Shumate (story by)

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 (art direction)
 
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 20 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 11 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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Boris Karloff is a misunderstood and maligned doctor specializing in cryogenics, 25 September 2014
Author: msroz from United States

"The Man with Nine Lives" (1940) is an impressive sci-fi film. Several aspects of it stand out. Boris Karloff gives a wonderful performance in a role that requires him to be both a good guy and a bad guy in the same person. This role requires that he display a wide range of emotions and moral stances, and he does so with great skill. His specialty as a doctor is cryogenics applied to human beings. The story calls for a very cold storeroom and the film shows a completely realistic one, with thick ice, icicles and frost. This alone is worth seeing in the film. One wonders how the actors kept from shivering and catching colds. The story ably contrasts the endeavors of the intelligent lone wolf doctor with the narrow-minded and hidebound types surrounding him. Another impressive aspect of the plot is how intelligently it raises and deals with moral issues. Karloff goes through several moral changes as circumstances change, and so does Roger Pryor, the doctor who has rediscovered Karloff and his work. The motivations of Karloff change as circumstances change, and we see and understand them. At times, he's completely reasonable and contained but when his desire to solve a scientific puzzle takes over, he can be dangerous. The story itself is an intriguing tale with unexpected but logical twists.

At the beginning of the movie, we see Roger Pryor as a doctor who has found that cancer can be arrested by cooling down the patient. His guide is a book by Karloff, who has dropped out of view for 10 years. The scenes showing Pryor cooling down a patient are unintentionally funny by being so unsophisticated. The nurses are piling ice cubes on the patient. He's adjusting the patient's body temperature with these ice cubes. Later he revives the patient with hot coffee. When we get to Pryor's encounter with Karloff, everything is far more sophisticated and believable.

Karloff starred in a number of these smaller films, and they're all worth seeing.

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