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Man with Two Lives (1942)

Approved | | Horror, Thriller | 13 March 1942 (USA)
A man is brought back from death at the same time a vicious criminal dies in the electric chair. However, the man's soul is now taken over by the electrocuted gangster, who embarks on a vengeful crime wave.

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Helen Lengel
Eleanor Lawson ...
Louise Hammond
Frederick Burton ...
Hobart Bennett
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Lt. Detective George Bradley
Edward Keane ...
Dr. Richard Clark
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Prof. Toller
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Reginald 'Reg' Bennett
Elliott Sullivan ...
Eric
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Hugo
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Gimpy
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Jess Fowler (as Kenneth Duncan)
George Dobbs ...
Tim Martin
Lois Landon ...
Aunt Margaret
Frances Richards ...
Nurse
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Phillip Bennett and Louise Hammond, engaged to be married, are returning from her home after the engagement party, and Phillip is apparently killed in an automobile accident. Dr. Clarke is called and asked to bring Phillip back to life as he has been able to do so on animals. Panino, a vicious criminal, is to be electrocuted that same night at midnight. Dr. Clarke performs his operation a few minutes before this, and as Panino dies his soul enters Phillip's body, and he lives. Phillip is brought home but seems to have amnesia, as he does not recognize any one. He goes instinctively for Panino's haunts, and gradually assumes leadership of the gang and its business. Hobart Bennet, Phillip's father, becomes worried because of his newly-developed attitude and continued absence from home. A crime wave and gang-war breaks out in the city, with many killings. Mr. Bennett and Dr. Clarke go to the gang's hideout, and both are recognized by other gangsters. They question the men regarding ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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His Secret Means DEATH!

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Horror | Thriller

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The earliest documented telecasts of this film occurred in New York City Thursday 27 May 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2) and in Los Angeles Sunday 27 March 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »

Quotes

Gimpy: [to Philip] How do we know you're not a dick?
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Moonlight Sonata (Piano Sonata No.14)
(uncredited)
By Ludwig van Beethoven
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I'm Guilty. I liked this movie.
10 July 2001 | by (Franklin, VA) – See all my reviews

Every once in a while we have to make one of the guilty admissions. Here is one for me, "I like this movie." Plot concerns a nice young gentleman who is killed. A doctor has just perfected a technique that can revive him. His father nervously concedes and the doctor revives the young man. At the same time, a ruthless gangster is executed. The gangster's soul is transmitted to the young man.

Once "alive" again, the man has no recollection of his Goody-Goody old self and simply lives out his former role as a gangster, and a nasty one at that. A little similar to Black Friday except the young man never returns to his former self and once revived is 100% the mind and soul of the gangster.

For those who liked the old Monogram and PRC Horror films in the 1940's will probably enjoy this one. It lacks the star appeal, but I though Edward Norris was more than adequate in the victim/villain role.


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