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King of the Zombies (1941)

 -  Comedy | Horror  -  14 May 1941 (USA)
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On a spooky island, three stranded travelers find an evil doctor working with foreign spies and in control of zombies.

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Complete credited cast:
Dick Purcell ...
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Mantan Moreland ...
Henry Victor ...
John Archer ...
Patricia Stacey ...
Guy Usher ...
Marguerite Whitten ...
Samantha, the Maid
Leigh Whipper ...
Momba, the Butler
Madame Sul-Te-Wan ...
Tahama, the Cook and High Priestess
James Davis ...
Lazarus, a Zombie (as Jimmy Davis)
Laurence Criner ...
Dr. Couillie (as Lawrence Criner)
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During World War 2, a small plane off the south coast of America is low on fuel and blown off course by a storm. Guided by a faint radio signal, they crashland on an island. The passenger, his manservant and the pilot take refuge in a mansion owned by a doctor. The easily-spooked manservant soon becomes convinced the mansion is haunted by zombies and ghosts. Exploring, the 3 find a voodoo ritual in the cellar, where the doctor is trying to acquire war intelligence by transferring personalities into his zombies. But the interruption causes the zombies to turn on their creator. Written by Cynan Rees <cynanrees@hotmail.com>

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mansion | island | admiral | doctor | pilot | See more »

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ARE YOU A ZOMBIE? If you can sit through this spine-tingling carnival of shrieks and howls without getting the thrill of a lifetime...you must belong to the living dead! See more »

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Comedy | Horror

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14 May 1941 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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As of 2011, remains the only zombie-related film to be nominated for an Academy Award in any category (in this instance, Best Original Score for a Dramatic Picture). See more »

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When the servants and Jeff are gathered around the dining room table before midnight, the boom mic shadow can be seen on the table moving from speaking character to speaking character. See more »

Quotes

Samantha, the Maid: What you doing in that lineup?
Jefferson 'Jeff' Jackson: Don't bother me woman. Can't you see I is a has-been?
Samantha, the Maid: A zombie?
Jefferson 'Jeff' Jackson: Nothing else but. And don't ask me my name, 'cuz I don't know. I don't know nothing.
Samantha, the Maid: You ain't no zombie, 'cuz zombies can't talk.
Jefferson 'Jeff' Jackson: Can I help it 'cuz I'm loquacious?
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Referenced in Shaun of the Dead (2004) See more »

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A Terrific film!
15 July 2003 | by (S. Bound Brook, NJ.) – See all my reviews

This film (along with "Dr. X" & "Night Monster") rank as my all-time fave Top Three! (I own over 1k films)!

Why? That "Master of Scared-Reaction Comedy", Mantan Moreland takes an (other-wise) dull film & adds a lot of "zip" into it! I think this was his finest role! He does MUCH to improve a cast who's acting (especially the two "heros") is as "wooden" as the zombies themselves!

My favorite line is when the "hero" & Mantan are walking through a dark secret passage, holding a torch. Voodoo drums begin to sound. "What's that?", says the Hero. "I dunno", answers Mantan, "...but it ain't GENE KRUPA!". A scream!

This film WILL offend the "Politically Correct" as "degrading Negro stereotypes", but these people have to realise that Morelan was a Comic GENIUS who also played these "scared reaction" comedy roles for BLACK directors, and the Black Movie-Going Community of the 30's and 40's.

You MUST SEE this film, if only for Mantan's marvellous comedy!


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