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Bowery at Midnight (1942)

Approved | | Crime, Thriller | 30 October 1942 (USA)
Kindly soup kitchen operator and professor of criminology Bela Lugosi uses his soup kitchen as a front for a criminal gang who commit a series of daring robberies and murders. When things ... See full summary »

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Richard Dennison
Wanda McKay ...
Judy Malvern
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Frankie Mills
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Charley
Anna Hope ...
Mrs. Brenner
John Berkes ...
Fingers Dolan
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Capt. Mitchell
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Pete Crawford
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Mrs. Malvern
Lew Kelly ...
Doc Brooks
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Ray Miller ...
Big Man
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Kindly soup kitchen operator and professor of criminology Bela Lugosi uses his soup kitchen as a front for a criminal gang who commit a series of daring robberies and murders. When things get out of hand, Lugosi kills his henchmen, who wind up as zombies in the cellar of the soup kitchen. Written by Wheeler Winston Dixon

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The monster and the ghoul! One deals in wholesale murder...the other serves as a torture-master of the living dead! See it and shudder!

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Crime | Thriller

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30 October 1942 (USA)  »

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Burial at Midnight  »

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Filming began August 3 1942, the 5th of Bela Lugosi's 9 Monogram features. See more »

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Prof. Frederick Brenner, alias Karl Wagner: Buck! How often have I told you to keep that cat from desecrating my graves?
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Featured in Basket Case 3 (1991) See more »

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Bowery at Midnight (1942) **1/2
19 August 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Bela Lugosi is in fine form playing Karl Wagner, a sweet soul with a soft touch who runs a nightly Bowery mission, spooning out bowls of soup for needy tramps with nowhere to go. When he recognizes a new customer as an escaped safe cracker called "Fingers" Dolan, Wagner kindly escorts the convict to a hidden room and offers him a cigar. During the leisurely smoke, the host confides that he's admired Dolan's work for a long time, and springs a surprise on him: Bela's actually a crime boss, using the mission as a front and looking for someone new to join his racket. By day, Wagner leads a double-life as a professor named Dr. Brenner. When he's not showering his unsuspecting wife with gifts from his nightly escapades he teaches a class on psychology.

The potential is there for this to be as confusing as it sounds, but taken slowly it can be a hoot. An interesting ending, too, makes one suspect it was a possible influence for NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. Simply stated, BOWERY AT MIDNIGHT is one of the best of the poverty row pics made by Monogram studios with Bela Lugosi in the forties. Really more of a crime story with an occasional dash of horror as an added condiment, this is a tasty 62 minutes of absurd fun done on the cheap. **1/2 out of ****


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