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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 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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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

"The Mad Ghoul" was the last film of director James P. Hogan,who died after finishing the film in May but over a month before it was released,on November 12,1943. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Macklin: [to Isabel] Suppose he's two people, the man you love and the ghoul?
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Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Scream Queens (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls
(uncredited)
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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Gratifying 'Ghoul'
5 September 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Another Universal pleasure, spinning out a horror framework behind a story of three men in love with the same woman. Evelyn Ankers is the beauteous object of affection, playing a concert singer engaged to a handsome college student (David Bruce), but she's fallen for her pianist (Turhan Bey), while the student's mad scientist mentor (George Zucco) is hopelessly smitten. The scientist achieves a "living death' syndrome to his unwilling student, eventually using it as a tool to rid the pianist. The stars are great, earnest and engaging, particularly Bruce and Zucco. Grand soundtrack and fog-shrouded, shadowy scenes abound. A fun, time-capsule flick from the masters.


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