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The Climax (1944)

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A demented physician becomes obsessed with a young singer whose voice sounds similar to his late mistress.

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Marcellina
George Dolenz ...
Amato Roselli
Ludwig Stössel ...
Carl Baumann
Jane Farrar ...
Jarmila Vadek
Ernö Verebes ...
Brunn
Lotte Stein ...
Mama Hinzl
Scotty Beckett ...
The King
William Edmunds ...
Leon - theater concierge
Maxwell Hayes ...
Count Romburg - King's aide
Dorothy Lawrence ...
Miss Metzger
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Dr. Hohner (Karloff), theatre physician at the Vienna Royal Theatre, murders his mistress, the star soprano when his jealousy drives him to the point of mad obsession. Ten years later, another young singer (Foster) reminds Hohner of the late diva, and his old mania kicks in. Hohner wants to prevent her from singing for anyone but him, even if it means silencing her forever. The singer's fiancée (Bey) rushes to save her in the film's climax. Written by Stephen Cooke <am082@ccn.cs.dal.ca>

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IT TOPS THEM ALL IN SPECTACLE, THRILLS, MYSTERY, ROMANCE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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20 October 1944 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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Trivia

In the original trailer Susanna Foster, the star of Phantom of the Opera (1943), was given top billing. In the film itself, Boris Karloff is given top billing. See more »

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In the rehearsal sequence in which Angela loses her voice at the sight of Dr. Hohner, she closes her mouth a split second before the playback of her voice stops. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Hohner: You don't want to ruin that voice, do you? It isn't yours, remember? Now tell me, whose voice is it?... Tell me!
Angela: Marcellina's!
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A Letdown.
22 October 2013 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Boris Karloff stars in his first color feature, playing Dr. Hohner, the physician to the Vienna Royal Theater who one day, in a fit of insane jealousy, murders his mistress, who was also the star singer of the theater. He gets away with it, but ten years later, a new singer(played by Susana Foster) reminds him strongly of his long ago love, and so plots to keep her for himself using hypnosis to convince her to sing only for him, though her fiancée(played by Turhan Bey) gets wind of this and tries to save her... Despite Karloff, this is a dismayingly slow, turgid film, with too much singing and no suspense. Color is wasted here, as is Karloff, in one of his worst films.


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