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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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Sam Robins (original story) &
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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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Cast

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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)
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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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64 min
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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 - 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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19 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
The Corpse Vanishes (1942) **, 3 April 2005
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

I had watched THE CORPSE VANISHES (1942) a couple of years ago but I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised as to how watchable and engaging it was the second time around. Who'd have thought that such fare was worth a second look? If anything, I found CORPSE to be even livelier than GHOST (which did get to be repetitious and feel constrained by its one setting): although it is never explained why Lugosi is married to an 80-year old woman (except maybe to get into high society given that she's a "Countess") or why she needs to be youthful (it's not like she's parading her "look" anywhere except at the Lorenz household), the film offers an amusing throwback to those 30s hard-boiled reporter movies and predates such rejuvenation-themed horror movies as I VAMPIRI (1956).

I found the film to be quite atmospheric and enjoyable: it was nice to watch Lugosi surrounded by such familiar faces as Elizabeth Russell (from several Val Lewton films), Angelo Rossitto (one of Tod Browning's FREAKS [1932]) and Vince Barnett (who had a memorable supporting role in Hawks' SCARFACE [1932]) among others. That said, the campier elements of the film were sometimes too silly for words: Lugosi whipping his moronic assistant, the proverbial funereal organ-playing, the even more hilarious sight of Lugosi and Russell sleeping in coffins and the final shoot-out with the police in which, of all people, it's Lugosi's dwarfish henchman who gets it!

In the end, I guess I wouldn't mind watching Lugosi's other stuff from this period but I doubt if it will make me enough of a fan to go out and purchase them in their best available prints on DVD.

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