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The Mad Ghoul (1943)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 12 November 1943 (USA)
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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Dr. Alfred Morris
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Ken McClure
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Eric Iverson
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Della
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Dr. Alfred Morris, a university chemistry professor, rediscovers an ancient Mayan formula for a gas which turns men into pliant, obedient, zombie-like ghouls. After medical student Ted Allison becomes a guinea pig for Morris, the professor imagines that Allison's fiancée, beautiful concert singer Isabel Lewis, wants to break off the engagement because she prefers the professor as a more "mature" lover but n reality loves Eric, her accompanist. In order to bring Ted back from his trance-like states, Morris commands him to perform a cardiectomy on recently deceased or living bodies in order to use serum from their hearts as a temporary antidote. When the serial murders seem to coincide with Isabel's touring schedule, ace reporter "Scoop" McClure gets on the mad scientist's trail. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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A NEW SENSATION IN HORROR! (original poster-all caps)


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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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Trivia

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 20 more features. See more »

Quotes

Det. Garrity: Anyone in this town who gets into a cemetery tonight won't get out alive.
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Connections

Referenced in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: The Mummy's Hand (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls
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from "The Bohemian Girl"
Music by Michael William Balfe
Lyrics by Alfred Bunn
Sung by Evelyn Ankers (dubbed by Lillian Cornell)
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A bit better than you'd expect.
1 January 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

During the 1940s, George Zucco made a ton of horror films--most of them for crappy little studios and with microscopic budgets. However, occasionally he'd appear in a decent film--one with higher production values and plots which made a bit more sense. This is the case with "The Mad Ghoul", as Zucco appeared in a film by Universal--a studio that made horror films just a bit better than everyone else.

Ted is in love with Isabel. He apparently can look past her annoying singing (it's very operatic and you either like it or hate it--most folks today would hate it). However, Ted doesn't know that the professor he's working for, Dr. Morris (Zucco), is a maniac who will do anything to possess Isabel. Eventually, Morris uses a gas he's created to turn Ted into a maniac who will do whatever the doctor tells him---including kill. What's next? See the film.

The acting is a tiny bit better than the usual B and the plot, though a bit silly, quite enjoyable if you like this sort of thing. Worth seeing.


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