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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:
Turhan Bey ...
Eric Iverson
Evelyn Ankers ...
Isabel Lewis
David Bruce ...
George Zucco ...
Dr. Alfred Morris
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Garrity
Robert Armstrong ...
Ken McClure
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Macklin
Rose Hobart ...
Della
Andrew Tombes ...
Eagan
Addison Richards ...
Gavigan
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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 NEW SENSATION IN HORROR! (original poster-all caps)


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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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1.37 : 1
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Isabel's song, "Our Love Will Live," uses the melody from Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto #1. See more »

Quotes

Ted Allison: I can't help feeling a sense of evil in all this.
Dr. Alfred Morris: Moral concepts? I'm a scientist. To me there is no good or evil, only true or false. Work with one; discard the other.
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Referenced in The Angry Video Game Nerd: Alien³ (2013) 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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