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Experiment Perilous (1944)

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In 1903, a doctor suspects murder in the gothic Bederaux family.



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Complete credited cast:
Allida Bederaux
George Brent ...
Dr. Huntington Bailey
Nick Bederaux
Carl Esmond ...
Olive Blakeney ...
George N. Neise ...
Margaret Wycherly ...
Stephanie Bachelor ...
Mary Servoss ...
Miss Wilson
Julia Dean ...
William Post Jr. ...
District Attorney


In 1903, Dr. Bailey meets a very strange woman on a train, then hears that she has died under mysterious circumstances. Through a friend, he becomes acquainted with the Bederaux family, all of whom seem to be neurotic and secretive; but the beauty of Alida Bederaux draws him into their circle...deeper than he'd planned. Who's in danger from whom? Who's crazy? Who can fathom the obscure motivations? Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Release Date:

18 December 1944 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The title is a common variation of a line from Hippocrates, the Greek Father of Medicine: "Life is short, art is long, decision difficult, and experiment perilous." The line is recited by Nick Bederaux in the film. See more »


Towards the end of the film, when Dr. Bailey attacks Nick and the two briefly fight, it's very obvious that the people seen fighting are stunt doubles. Nick's stunt double doesn't even have the same hair color. See more »

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Good movie, underrated as opposed to Gaslight, which was good, but very over-rated.
26 December 2001 | by (Lone Pine, CA) – See all my reviews

Many critics have never been able to get past Hedy Lamarr's fabulous face. She was so beautiful, that it was hard to realize that she was actually human, an not some marble work of art. I think she gave a fine performance in this slick psychological thriller. The supporting cast was also good. I know I am probably the only person in the world, who would have preferred Hedy Lamarr over Bergman, in Gaslight. With superior direction, and a better script, I think Hedy Lamarr could have turned in a very good performance. Anyway, Experiment Perilous is a little gem, made during Hollywood's golden age.

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