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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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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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Trivia

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

Goofs

During the opening amputation scene the screaming patient reveals modern cavity fillings in the back teeth of his upper jaw. 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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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: LONDON 1840

Before the discovery of Anaesthesia See more »

Connections

Referenced in Corridor Gossip (2007) 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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KARLOFF TRIES TO ELIMINATE ALL PAIN & SUFFERING!
26 May 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Long before anesthesia, operations in London hospitals were wards of screaming patients in great pain and suffering. In 1840, Dr. Thomas Bolton (Boris Karloff),a great humanitarian surgeon, tries to eliminate all the pain and suffering connected with surgery. Bolton tries out experiments on himself and as a result becomes addicted to the drugs which he is taking. Some of Dr. Bolton's pain-killing gas works against him and a patient revives and attacks employee's of the hospital, therefore, Dr. Bolton is dismissed. Bolton wanders into the Seven Dials, a disreputable tavern and is taken over by the innkeeper, Black Ben(Francis De Wolff) and his assistant, Resurrection Joe(Christopher Lee)(The Dracula of the 60's) This film was originally titled "Doctor from Seven Dials, and this film was produced back-to-back with "The Haunted Strangler" by the same director, Robert Day. This film is a great old gaslite melodrama of Old London in B&W and gives you the creeps with all the cries of pain, blood and pain. Karloff plays a very calm doctor in Wolf's clothing, ready to do his THING!


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