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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.

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Director:
Writers:
Sam Robins (original story) &
Gerald Schnitzer (original story) ...
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Release Date:
8 May 1942 (USA) See more »
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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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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Poverty row Monogram movie is just one step ahead of an Ed Woods film... See more (70 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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)
 
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Certification:
Finland:K-18 (2007) (self applied) | UK:R (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1995) | UK:X (1952) | UK:H (re-rating) (1946) | 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 »
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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.See more »
Quotes:
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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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Poverty row Monogram movie is just one step ahead of an Ed Woods film..., 29 October 2010
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

Only die-hard fans of BELA LUGOSI movies will manage to get a thrill out of THE CORPSE VANISHES. This is one of those poverty row quickies that was obviously filmed on a meager budget with shabby looking sets and blurry photography (at least from the print I watched on TCM).

The story is another one of those foolish items about a mad scientist who needs fresh young blood to keep his Countess wife (ELIZABETH RUSSELL) young and alive. Otherwise, she's in pitifully bad state needing to be rejuvenated.

The scheme is to snatch brides at the altar and carry them off into his hearse waiting outside. He's a body snatcher while his victims are still alive. None of it looks as though they spent more than three days shooting the film with only first takes surviving the cut. Otherwise, how else to explain the dull rendering of dialog with only LUANA WALTERS (as a Lois Lane type of reporter) able to make her lines sound halfway convincing? This Lugosi entry is hardly worth a peek. Bad acting, unconvincing and unnatural dialog and weak bits of humor.

Summing up: Forget about it, even for Halloween it's a dud.

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