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

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Dr. Bolton
Betta St. John ...
Susan
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Resurrection Joe
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Supt. Matheson
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Rachel
Francis De Wolff ...
Black Ben (as Francis de Wolff in closing credits)
Francis Matthews ...
Jonathan Bolton
Frank Pettingell ...
Mr. Blount
Basil Dignam ...
Chairman
Marian Spencer ...
Mrs Matheson
Carl Bernard ...
Ned, The Crow
John Gabriel ...
Dispenser
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Insp. Donovan
Yvonne Romain ...
Rosa (as Yvonne Warren)
Howard Lang ...
Chief Inspector
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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)  »

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Akuma no hakui  »

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£90,000 (estimated)
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Although the film was not released until 1962, it was actually shot in 1958. See more »

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Although the opening credits set the movie in 1840, Dr Bolton uses a Bunsen Burner in his laboratory, not invented until 1854-5. See more »

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Resurrection Joe: He died peaceful, governor.
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Opening credits prologue: LONDON 1840

Before the discovery of Anaesthesia See more »

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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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Laced With Laudanum
21 April 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

If Boris Karloff's character of a Victorian doctor looking for an anesthetic had the benefit of some scientific journals he might have read about Morton, Long, and Welles over in America experimenting on such a project. In Corridors Of Blood the lines of experimentation that Karloff was pursuing held a lot of danger for everyone concerned.

Corridors Of Blood casts Boris Karloff as a respected London surgeon of the early Victorian era who is seeking a method of painless surgery. But those Americans I cited were using a form of Nitrous Oxide and eventually developed Ether. Karloff has decided to use a concoction that has as its base Laudanum which is an Opium derivative.

The results are what you would expect, Karloff breathing in the fumes of his experiment becomes an addict and starts frequenting the seamier sides of London for Laudanum for his experiments and more for himself. A pair of cutthroats played by Francis DeWolff and Christopher Lee aid him in his search, for a price.

Corridors Of Blood is a moody atmospheric thriller set in Oliver Twist London. Look also for a good performance by Nigel Green as the police inspector looking to break up the den of vice and corruption that Karloff has fallen into. Definitely a must for Karloff fans.


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