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Dead Men Walk (1943)

 -  Drama | Horror | Mystery  -  12 April 1943 (USA)
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The twin of a kindly small-town physician returns from the grave for vengeance against his brother, who secretly killed him because the twin served Satan.

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George Zucco ...
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Nedrick Young ...
Dr. David Bentley
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Zolarr
Fern Emmett ...
Kate
Robert Strange ...
Wilkins [Harper, in credits]
Hal Price ...
Sheriff Losen
Sam Flint ...
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We meet Doctor Lloyd Clayton at the funeral of his twin brother, evil magician Elwyn. Zolarr, Elwyn's hunchbacked servant, acccuses Lloyd of Elwyn's murder, but Lloyd claims it was self-defense. Lloyd's niece Gayle and her fiance Harper soon find that Elwyn's evil influence is still at work. Written by Sister Grimm <srgrimm@teleport.com>

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Devil's sorcery, as a dead man returns for vengeance!


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Final film of Mary Carlisle. See more »

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In the film, George Zucco differentiates the two characters by wearing glasses for the good doctor, and none for the evil one. Apart from when he forgets - most notably when, as the good doctor, he bends over not wearing any glasses, but when he stands up again (different cut) he suddenly is wearing them again. See more »

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19 November 2006 | by (Raleigh, NC) – See all my reviews

Put me down in agreement with the reviewers here who enjoyed this film. No, it's certainly not remotely great and I have seen much better vampire flicks, but the terrific Zucco, decent writing, and competent acting from the rest of the cast make it slightly better than average.

In regard to Zucco, I have seen him in many films and he never fails to do a good job, regardless of what he has to work with. In this movie, he's the glue that holds this plot together from beginning to end. The way he makes the two brothers distinctive is to be lauded. Privately, he might have hated this genre of movie, but you wouldn't have known it from the gusto that he gives his dual role.

It's always good to see Dwight Frye, even though this wasn't his best performance. He played countless crazy or weird characters throughout his career, yet they usually differed due to his unique characterization he gave to each role.

Some here have complained about the sound and other defects in the quality of the film, which isn't fair since the vast majority of us have seen this film only from public domain copies. For example, the copies of "It's a Wonderful Life" that I saw as a kid weren't half the quality of the actual master that we now see around the holidays. Until a worthy copy shows up, I'll refrain making a judgment on that aspect of "Dead Men Walk."

All in all, the movie is entertaining. If you like horror movies from that era, you probably wont be disappointed.


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