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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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Mr. Bolton, the committee have decided against holding ant further demonstrations
Well, Charles, you've lost faith with me too?
The decision's for your own good.
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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Boris Karloff gives one of his best performances as a tormented doctor trying to invent anaesthesia. In the process he becomes addicted to the narcotics and begin associating with various London low-lifes - including grave-robber Christopher Lee in a rivetting performance.
This is less horror than an atmospheric character study - and it is really very good.
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