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Valley of the Zombies (1946)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Horror | 24 May 1946 (USA)
Dr. Maynard (Charles Trowbridge') tells Dr. Terry Evans (Robert Livingston) and his nurse, Susan Drake (Lorna Gray), about the theft of ten pints of blood from his lab. Later, he is visited... See full summary »

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Nurse Susan Drake (as Adrian Booth)
Ian Keith ...
Thomas E. Jackson ...
Detective Blair (as Thomas Jackson)
Charles Trowbridge ...
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Fred Mays (Fred Murks)
LeRoy Mason ...
Detective Hendricks
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Police Officer 'Tiny'
Wilton Graff ...
Dr. Lucifer Garland
Charles Cane ...
Chief Inspector Ryan
Russ Clark ...
Officer Lacy
Chuck Hamilton ...
Officer Joe - The Driver (as Charles Hamilton)
Wheaton Chambers ...
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Dr. Maynard (Charles Trowbridge') tells Dr. Terry Evans (Robert Livingston) and his nurse, Susan Drake (Lorna Gray), about the theft of ten pints of blood from his lab. Later, he is visited by Ormand Murks (Ian Keith), a man Maynard had once had committed to an insane asylum and who later died from an operation, and Maynard learns that Murks is an example of living death whose abnormality is counter-acted only by blood. The doctor soon becomes Murk's unwilling blood donor. Murks' brother Fred (Earle Hodgins) threatens to expose him and he too is murdered. Terry and Susan find Maynard's body near an abandoned graveyard and this leads them to an estate where a partially obscured sign reads:"Murks Bros.,Undertakers." Susan is kidnapped. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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BLOOD MADNESS... Out Of The Fog... Into Your Heart!


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24 May 1946 (USA)  »

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O Vale dos Zombies  »

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Republic Gives Zombies a Try
12 February 2016 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Well crafted little horror jaunt. Seems long dead Murks (Keith) won't stay dead, but he does need blood to keep frightening us viewers. I guess he must have had a zombie dad and a vampire mom, or some such. Anyhow he gets his needed red stuff from a doctor's office, which is fine until he stupidly throttles his supplier. Now he gets his stuff on the hoof, and our heroes Dr. Terry (Livingston) and Nurse Susan (Gray) better figure things out before he depopulates the studio of its supporting players.

I love that opening sequence, a really funny got'cha when the sheet's pulled back. Republic may have been at the bottom of the Hollywood studios, but it was at the top of the poverty row outfits, PRC, etc. So it's not surprising this horror quickie would be a little slicker than most. Happily, director Ford manages both atmosphere and pacing. The outdoor sets may be 3-feet deep, but they're still creepy. And catch the many snappy lines from our winsome Nurse Susan, especially when she and the doc are creeping through the forrest. Now, Keith really has the malevolent glower of a fiend, but his mugging at times borders on the ludicrous. I guess he needed a few more lessons from Karloff. Good also to see Livingston get off a horse (The Three Mesquiteers) and into a medical smock, of all things. All in all, the 57- minutes remains a cut above other quickies, without being anything special.


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