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The Corpse Vanishes (1942)

Passed  -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  8 May 1942 (USA)
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A scientist, aided by an old hag & her two sons - a malicious dwarf and a brutish moron, kills virgin brides, steals their bodies, & extracts gland fluid to keep his ancient wife alive and young.

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Dr. George Lorenz
Luana Walters ...
Patricia Hunter
Tristram Coffin ...
Dr. Foster (as Tris Coffin)
Elizabeth Russell ...
Countess Lorenz
Minerva Urecal ...
Fagah
Angelo Rossitto ...
Toby (as Angelo)
Joan Barclay ...
Alice Wentworth
Kenneth Harlan ...
Editor Keenan
Gwen Kenyon ...
Peggy Woods
Vince Barnett ...
Sandy
Frank Moran ...
Angel
George Eldredge ...
Mike (as George Eldridge)
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Dr. Lorenz, a mad scientist, wants to keep his elderly wife young. He does this by kidnapping young females and extracting fluid from them. He then injects this fluid into his wife. What a diabolical guy! Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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mad scientist | orchid | bride | dwarf | coffin | See more »

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Horror to make your hair stand on end! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Filmed 13 March - 1 April, 1942, the fourth of Bela Lugosi's nine Monogram features. See more »

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When getting ready for bed, Pat unbuttons her jacket, but in the next shot the jacket is buttoned again and stays buttoned for the rest of the scene - because she changed her mind about going to bed. See more »

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Dr. Foster: These young girls, whether dead or alive, are being used by Lorenz in some manner as human guinea pigs to sustain his wife in a youthful state.
Keenan: Oh, that's preposterous.
Patricia Hunter: It's nothing of the kind. Scientists are finding out every day that glands and hormones have a lot to do with life and health.
Dr. Foster: The glands in our bodies help to determine the condition of our teeth, the texture of our hair.
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Talk About Your Ambulance Chasers
25 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have enjoyed the films of Angelo Rossitto, particularly "Fairy Tales". But when Rossitto and Bela Lugosi join forces (both here and in "Scared to Death") there is an element that really sets a tone for a good eery horror film.

This film is about brides who are seemingly killed and then kidnapped so their lifeblood can keep a mad scientist's wife young. A nosy reporter, who seems to take some sick delight in getting photographs of dying brides, trails the mad scientist to his mansion and may become his next victim.

As usual, Lugosi does not disappoint. He is great as a mad scientist with his European look and accent. The supporting cast is also well chosen. While I am not familiar with them (besides Rossitto), this is not a strike against them but actually a positive sentiment. Without being known faces to me, they more successfully blended into the characters they were supposed to represent.

While not the strongest of Lugosi's films by any means, any fan would be missing out if they failed to check this one out. There is an undercurrent of black humor that keeps the film rolling and is definitely missing (unfortunately) in the films of today.


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