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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 ...
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)


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 <>

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


Don't miss this shock-crammed punch-packed double thriller-chiller terror program! See more »


Comedy | Horror


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14 May 1941 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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In the presskit for this film, Monogram blatantly advised exhibitors to sell "it along the same lines as [Paramount's] The Ghost Breakers (1940)." The Bob Hope horror/comedy was a runaway hit at the time. See more »


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 »


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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Featured in Bamboozled (2000) See more »

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EXCELLENT! Mantan Moreland is hilarious! See this one!
10 June 2003 | by (Indianapolis) – See all my reviews

This movie is a gem. Even though some politically correct idiots criticize some of the 'stereotypical' black behavior, ignore them. This movie is funny and anything funny is good.

Mantan Moreland is the main reason to see this movie. He steals every scene and turns a slow, and ultra low budget horror movie into a laugh riot.

This movies has everything; laughs, zombies, hypnotism, a voodoo priestess and a German Spy. Plus, Mantan Moreland's one liners are hysterical.

"Being a zombie sure has its disadvantages".

Looking at voodoo priestess: Mantan : Who's Methusalah? I know a museum that would give a fortune just to get her under glass. What's cooking? Samantha : That's brew. Mantan : Brew? Home Brew in this day and age? Why, don't you people know Prohibition has been repealed? Samantha:How's it taste? Mantan : I don't know but it ain't Kosher.

Dr. Sangre : The living dead? Mantan : That's it. That's what they is, dead folks that's too lazy to lie down!

Whether this 1941 movie is politically correct in the 21st century is irrelevant. Plus, it is indicative of it's time. It's stupid for critics to try to censor or dismiss this movie merely because of political correctness. The movie is funny and funny is timeless and divine.

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