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The Mad Ghoul (1943)

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A university chemistry professor experiments with an ancient Mayan gas on a medical student, turning the would-be surgeon him into a murdering ghoul.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
David Bruce ...
Evelyn Ankers ...
Isabel Lewis
George Zucco ...
Dr. Alfred Morris
Robert Armstrong ...
Ken McClure
Turhan Bey ...
Eric Iverson
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Macklin
Andrew Tombes ...
Eagan
Rose Hobart ...
Della
Addison Richards ...
Gavigan
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Gus Glassmire ...
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Curious about the effects of an ancient Mayan nerve gas on humans, a scientist exposes his young assistant and turns him into a mindless ghoul that must have human heart substance to live. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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A Sensation in Horror!

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Sci-Fi | Horror

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Not Rated

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12 November 1943 (USA)  »

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Mystery of the Ghoul  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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Part of the original SHOCK THEATER package of 52 Universal titles released to television in 1957, followed a year later with SON OF SHOCK, which added 21 more features. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Alfred Morris: [Responding to the corpse sitting up and pulling a gun on him] Reports of your death seem to be greatly exaggerated.
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Featured in Son of Svengoolie: The Mad Ghoul (1943) (1980) See more »

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Our Love Will Live
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Lyrics by Everett Carter
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Poor Ted!
25 October 2013 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

George Zucco plays University professor Dr. Alfred Morris, who has discovered an ancient Mayan gas that was used to control the human sacrifices made in their rituals. David Bruce plays his student Ted Allison, who is recruited to be his assistant for the summer. Unfortunately for Ted, his professor is quite ruthless, and uses him as an experiment to try his recreation of the Mayan gas on. He succeeds, but Ted turns into the "mad ghoul" who helps the doctor rifle graves to cut out their hearts for more experiments in overcoming the gas, though this won't do poor Ted much good... Evelyn Ankers has a small role as his girlfriend. Good "ghoulish" premise, but film is strangely meandering and unconvincing, not to mention overly talky and dull. Good cast makes it semi-watchable, but film still fails, though does have a poetic final fade-out.


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