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The Corpse Vanishes -- 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.
The Corpse Vanishes -- (1942) Bela Lugosi, Tris Coffin, Luana Walters, Elizabeth Russell. A slick horror opus about a crazed doctor's attempt to rejuvenate his aging, sickly wife (she's a real bitch, too)...


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8 May 1942 (USA) See more »
KIDNAPPED BRIDES Are The Victims Of His Terror! Prepare to shudder when you see the strange practices of this doctor who sacrificed beautiful women for the sake of a mad love! (original poster) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bela Lugosi ... 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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pat Costello ... Attendant at Alice's Wedding (uncredited)
Gladys Faye ... Mrs. Wentworth (uncredited)
Sheldon Jett ... Burnside (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ... The District Attorney (uncredited)
Sam Katzman ... Man in Newspaper Office (uncredited)
Murdock MacQuarrie ... The Minister (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by
Wallace Fox 
Writing credits
Sam Robins (original story) &
Gerald Schnitzer (original story)

Harvey Gates (screenplay)

Produced by
Jack Dietz .... producer
Sam Katzman .... producer
Barney A. Sarecky .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Arthur Reed  (as Art Reed)
Film Editing by
Robert Golden 
Art Direction by
Dave Milton  (as David Milton)
Production Management
Ed W. Rote .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur Hammond .... assistant director
Sound Department
Glen Glenn .... sound
Music Department
Johnny Lange .... musical director (as Lange)
Lew Porter .... musical director (as Porter)
Charles Dunworth .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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64 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-18 (2007) (self applied) | UK:R (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1995) | UK:X (1952) | UK:H (re-rating) (1946) | USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Not Rated (Digital Streaming) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #8276)

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Filmed 13 March - 1 April, 1942, the fourth of Bela Lugosi's nine Monogram features.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Fagah:Why do you beat my son so hard?
Dr. Lorenz:Because he's at best an animal, and some day I shall have to destroy him.
Fagah:My poor son!... Why was he ever born?
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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Not That Bad!, 6 January 2000

While I had pre-conceived notions of what this film would be like, I must confess that I was pleasantly surprised with this nice little old-fashioned horror story about a doctor who kidnaps "dead" brides only to remove spinal fluid in them to inject in his wife who is really 70 some odd years but looks thirtyish. Whew! Well I never said it was a great story, but it is a fine feature in which the great Lugosi can steal any scene he is in. The rest of the cast is adequate or below...some of the cast are just plain awful as with the female lead Luana Walters and the fella that plays her boss(Boy! They stink!). Yet, the story creates enough suspense to make this film very watchable and entertaining. I think the fact that it is barely over an hour in length also helps it create its zippy pacing. Minerva Urecal(from The Ape Man with Bela) and Angelo Rossitti(from Freaks) are in here, and they are fine as mysterious mother and dwarf-son Toby. The sets are pretty good considering the budget of the film and its Poverty Row Production. The fact Bela is in it is enough reason to see it, but at least with this film you get pretty good entertainment in the old traditional horror way.

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