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The Black Sleep (1956)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  June 1956 (USA)
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Sir Joel Cadman, a mad scientist, kidnaps his victims and cuts open their brains in an effort to discover a means to cure his wife's brain tumor.

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Sir Joel Cadman
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Odo the Gypsy
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Mungo aka Dr. Monroe (as Lon Chaney)
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Borg aka Bohemond
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Casimir
Herbert Rudley ...
Dr. Gordon Angus Ramsay
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Laurie Monroe (as Patricia Blake)
Phyllis Stanley ...
Nurse Daphne
Tor Johnson ...
Mr. Curry
Sally Yarnell ...
Nancy
George Sawaya ...
K6 - sailor
Claire Carleton ...
Carmona Daly
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England, 1872. The night before he is to be hanged for a murder he did not commit, young Dr. Gordon Ramsey is visited in his cell by his old mentor, eminent surgeon Sir Joel Cadmund. Cadmund offers to see that Ramsey gets a proper burial and gives him a sleeping powder to get him through the night, which Ramsey takes, unaware it is really an East Indian drug, "nind andhera" ("the black sleep"), which induces a deathlike state of anesthesia. Pronounced dead in his cell, he is turned over to Cadmund, who promptly revives him and takes him to his home in a remote abbey. Cadmund explains he believes Ramsey is innocent and needs his talents to help him in an project, which he is reluctant to immediately discuss further. In fact, Cadmund's wife lies in a coma from a deep-seated brain tumor, and he is attempting to find a safe surgical route to its site by experimenting on the brains of others, whom Ramsey comes to learn are alive during the process, anesthetized by the "black sleep", and ... Written by Rich Wannen <RichWannen@worldnet.att.net>

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June 1956 (USA)  »

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$225,000 (estimated)
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Lugosi was reportedly very unhappy with his lack of dialogue and reportedly pestered Reginald LeBorg to give him some lines. Although LeBorg did eventually shoot some dialogue scenes with the actor, they were never used. See more »

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When the evil doctor's last victim is uncovered, her facial muscles react visibly just before they pronounce her dead. See more »

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Black Indeed
10 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There is a good deal of talking in this movie, which probably puts a lot of people off. It's also not as cut and dry as most movies, the "bad" guy makes a good case for his experiments, he's just too passionate about them. There's an uneasy sense of dread here; the smell of death sulks in every black and white frame. Some viewers might be bored, confused, disturbed by the morbidity of it all.

But hang on to your straight jacket kids! The climax of this opus is completely deranged! It comes out of nowhere, it's incredibly disturbing and ends all too soon! Loonies! Religious nuts! Mutants! Dungeons! Exposed brain matter! A refreshingly intelligent premise and a nutso finale. My kind of movie.

Good luck finding it though.


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