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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 »
Plot:
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

  (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)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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64 min
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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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Trivia:
Filmed 13 March - 1 April, 1942, the fourth of Bela Lugosi's nine Monogram features.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Keenan:Aww, now wait a minute. Are you trying to tell me that this Professor Lorenz is a hypnotist as well as a horticulturist?See more »

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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Bela is being naughty again!, 9 February 2005
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Modest, insignificant but nevertheless amusing black & white horror that stars Bela Lugosi as a (surprise surprise!) sinister doctor who kidnaps young girls on their wedding day. Not for the cause of science this time, but to donate eternal youth and beauty to his wife, the countess. He breeds a special type of orchids (that's right, he's also a horticulturist) that paralyzes the girls and he picks up the bodies with a fake hearse. The screenplay doesn't really bother to explain what exactly happens to these girls afterwards and neither are we informed about Bela's relation with the family of misfits that lives in his mansion and works for him. In fact, "The Corpse Vanishes" is one giant incoherent mess yet I can't bring myself to bash it entirely. The basic plot idea is good, there are some moments of creepiness (when the female journalist discovers the dungeon, for example) and the acting performances are overall decent. Lugosi is on automatic pilot here but I especially liked the countess character! She's a hostile and egocentric shrew and I loved how she got so hysterical all the time. What can I say…I have a thing for evil women.

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