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Corridors of Blood (1958)

Not Rated | | Crime, Horror, Thriller | 6 September 1962 (UK)
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. Bolton
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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)
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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
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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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Crime | Horror | Thriller

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6 September 1962 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

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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Trivia

The cast presented Boris Karloff with a signed broom when the production wrapped. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Rachel: Some day you'll wiggle that bottom of yours just once too often.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: LONDON 1840

Before the discovery of Anaesthesia See more »

Connections

Featured in Shiver & Shudder Show (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Luverly Gin
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Music by Buxton Orr
Lyrics by Francis O'Grady
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Separation of Pain and Surgery

Boris Karloff gives a decidedly compassionate performance as a London surgeon madly trying to develop a gas of some kind to use in operations to relieve his patients of the inevitable pain that comes with surgery. The film chronicles much of the trial and error, ridicule from colleagues, and unfortunate reliance on opium based gas that surrounds Dr. Bolton, Karloff's character. Karloff walks in two circles: the first is at the hospital where he works with his son and is surrounded by other doctors and students

  • the second is a very poor part of the city where he helps the poor and is


taken advantage of by a section of thieves and killers led by Black Ben(nice performance by Mr. De Wolf) and Resurrection Joe(played in a characteristically eerie fashion by Christopher Lee). Lee and De Wolf have a side business of killing wayward drunks and selling their bodies to the hospital. All they need is a signature from a doctor...that is where Karloff comes in. Although the film is not a "horror" film, it has some horror elements. Karloff really gives a nice, in-depth portrayal of a man destined to find a new way. The film has a great cast of British stalwarts such as De Wolf, Lee, Finlay Currie and Nigel Green. Production values are low, but the quality of film based on the budget used is exceedingly good.


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