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Corridors of Blood (1958)

Not Rated  |   |  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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Tops in Terror!


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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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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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Although the film was not released until 1962, it was actually shot in 1958. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Hospital chairman: Mr. Bolton, the committee have decided against holding ant further demonstrations
Dr. Bolton: Well, Charles, you've lost faith with me too?
Hospital chairman: The decision's for your own good.
Dr. Bolton: You can't stop me. Operations without pain are possible, and I'll not rest until I've proved it to you!
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Music by Buxton Orr
Lyrics by Francis O'Grady
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Well worth seeing for many reasons
6 February 2001 | by (New Orleans, Louisiana) – See all my reviews

Boris Karloff, as usual, is a joy to watch, as is Christopher Lee, who was right on the verge of becoming a big star in the Hammer films. This film is also notable for strongly evoking the grimy atmosphere of those out-of-the-way areas in 1800's England, worthy of comparison to David Lean's "Oliver Twist" (1948). Coincidentally, not long after seeing this film I happened to read the true life story of Horace Wells (1815-1848), a Connecticut dentist who experimented on himself with ether, chloroform, and laughing gas in an effort to discover a painless method of oral surgery. He succeeded, but became an addict in the process; his behavior subsequently became so violent that he was placed in prison, where he committed suicide. I wonder if Karloff's character in this film is at least partially based on Horace Wells.


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