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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
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Who'd a thunk that old Boris would discover first Nitrous Oxide and then a powerful opiate based anesthetic that would turn him from respected physician to Raving Junkie? Karloff and you will realized and so will you that this was easily his best film role of the fifties and he tackles it with refined enthusiasm that makes the film a joy to watch along with it's dingy atmosphere and low key creepiness of Christopher Lee as a murderer for profit. Originally lensed in and released in England in 1958 when Lee was just becoming hot on the Hammer circuit this wasn't released in the States until some four years later when Lee was much better known and Karloff's film career was fading.It's not a fantastic film but it sure isn't dull and it's worth It just to see Karloff howling on laughing gas which makes you realize that in his whole career we never got to see him joyous and he sells it here to the max. One of my late night favorites
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