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Corridors of Blood (1958)

 -  Crime | Drama | Horror  -  6 September 1962 (UK)
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Dr. Thomas Bolton fights for the use of anesthetic in surgery and uses himself as a guinea pig but soon finds himself addicted.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dr. Thomas Bolton
Betta St. John ...
Susan
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Resurrection Joe
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Supt. Charles Matheson
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Rachel
Francis De Wolff ...
Black Ben (as Francis de Wolff)
Francis Matthews ...
Jonathan Bolton
Frank Pettingell ...
Mr Blount
Basil Dignam ...
Hospital chairman
Marian Spencer ...
Mrs Matheson
Carl Bernard ...
Ned, The Crow
John Gabriel ...
Baker
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Insp. Donovan
Yvonne Romain ...
Rosa (as Yvonne Warren)
Howard Lang ...
Chief Inspector
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Storyline

In an effort to relieve the suffering of surgery patients, Dr. Thomas Bolton painstakingly develops an opium-based anesthetic, to which he gradually becomes addicted. In order to provide a continual supply of chemicals to continue his experiments and support his addiction, he falls in with a den of murderers who use his signature to sell cadavers to the local hospital. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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6 September 1962 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Corredores de Sangue  »

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£90,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The censors successfully lobbied to have three scenes omitted: (1) The close-up of the leg amputation. (2) Christopher Lee's stabbing the night watchman in the back. (3) Boris Karloff's throwing acid in Lee's face. See more »

Goofs

The light used on Lee's entrance varies from shot to shot. See more »

Quotes

Mr Blount: A good day's work, Bolton! You're getting faster all the time. Beats me how you do it!
Dr. Bolton: [Bitterly] No matter how fast I still can't save them!
Mr Blount: Yes, most distresing, but, alas, inevitably you can't have operations without screams. Pain and the knife, they're inseparable!
Dr. Bolton: I beg to differ. Someday surgery must and will be made painless.
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Featured in Son of Svengoolie: Corridors of Blood (1958) (1981) See more »

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Luverly Gin
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Music by Buxton Orr
Lyrics by Francis O'Grady
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Sawing Bones with Monkey on Your Back
23 September 2011 | by (Portland, OR, United States) – See all my reviews

This finely-crafted minimalist film stars two of the most legendary horror stars of all time, yet it is without any supernatural elements. I suppose it is classified as horror because it is steeped in the creepy atmosphere of a 19th century operating theater and clinic for the poor, and because Christopher Lee plays a serial killer.

Into the final decade of his career and life, Boris Karloff gives a typically excellent performance of a good and compassionate man who defies the conventional wisdom of his time, such wisdom being the belief that since god intended humans to suffer to administer pain-killing drugs for surgery is to defy god's will.

The creepy, claustrophobic, impoverished world of this film is an appropriate setting for the business of a horror film, as well as a peak into the vast inequities between the upper and lower strata of society. Karloff is an upper-class doctor who once a week operates a free clinic for the poor.

While being thoroughly satisfying as a psychological horror film in its own right, this picture also provides a realistic portrayal of drug addiction and other issues of social relevancy.


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