The Corpse Vanishes (1942)

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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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Complete credited cast:
Luana Walters ...
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Elizabeth Russell ...
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Angelo Rossitto ...
Toby (as Angelo)
Joan Barclay ...
Alice Wentworth
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Peggy Woods
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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 <>

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


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. See more »


Patricia Hunter: Oh, professor, do you also make a habit of collecting coffins?
Dr. Lorenz: Why, yes, in a manner of speaking. I find a coffin much more comfortable than a bed.
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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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