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Corridors of Blood -- In 1840s London, Dr. Thomas Bolton (Boris Karloff) dares to dream the unthinkable: to operate on patients without causing pain. Unfortunately, the road to general anesthesia is blocked by a ruthless killer (Christopher Lee), as well as Bolton's devastating addiction to his own chemical experiments.

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Writer:
Jean Scott Rogers (screenplay)
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Release Date:
6 September 1962 (UK) See more »
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Tagline:
Tops in Terror!
Plot:
Dr. Thomas Bolton fights for the use of anesthetic in surgery and uses himself as a guinea pig but soon finds himself addicted. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Boris Karloff ... Dr. Bolton
Betta St. John ... Susan

Christopher Lee ... Resurrection Joe

Finlay Currie ... Supt. Matheson

Adrienne Corri ... Rachel
Francis De Wolff ... Black Ben (as Francis de Wolff in closing credits)
Francis Matthews ... Jonathan Bolton
Frank Pettingell ... Mr. Blount
Basil Dignam ... Chairman
Marian Spencer ... Mrs Matheson
Carl Bernard ... Ned, The Crow
John Gabriel ... Dispenser

Nigel Green ... Insp. Donovan
Yvonne Romain ... Rosa (as Yvonne Warren)
Howard Lang ... Chief Inspector
Julian D'Albie ... Bald Man
Roddy Hughes ... Man With Watch
Robert Raglan ... Wilkes
Charles Lloyd Pack ... Hardcastle
Anthea Holloway ... Undetermined Role
Bernard Archard ... Hospital Official
Frank Sieman ... Evans, Hospital Night Porter
Charmian Eyre ... Undetermined Role
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Josephine Bailey ... Child (uncredited)
Maureen Beck ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Anne Castaldini ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Gilda Emmanuelli ... Annie (uncredited)
Kaplan Kaye ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)

Desmond Llewelyn ... Assistant at Operations (uncredited)
Skip Martin ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Malcolm Ranson ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Mavis Ranson ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Marianne Stone ... Woman Arrested at Black Ben's (uncredited)
Brian Wilde ... Man in Operating Theatre Audience (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Day 
 
Writing credits
Jean Scott Rogers (screenplay)

Jean Scott Rogers  story (uncredited)

Produced by
John Croydon .... producer
Peter Mayhew .... associate producer
Charles F. Vetter .... producer (as Charles Vetter Jr.)
Richard Gordon .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Buxton Orr 
 
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Faithfull (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Peter Mayhew 
 
Art Direction by
Anthony Masters 
 
Makeup Department
Wally Schneiderman .... makeup artist (as Walter Schneidermann)
Eileen Warwick .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
George Mills .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Bolton .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Maurice Askew .... sound recordist
Peter Musgrave .... dubbing editor
Cyril Swern .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Drake .... camera operator
Geoff Glover .... clapper loader (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Emma Selby-Walker .... dress designer
Doris Turner .... wardrobe mistress
 
Music Department
Buxton Orr .... conductor
Frederick Lewis .... musical director (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Susan Dyson .... continuity
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
86 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
UK:X (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) (1994) (2006) | USA:Not Rated

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Trivia:
Although the film was not released until 1962, it was actually shot in 1958.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Corridor Gossip (2007) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Luverly GinSee more »

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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Separation of Pain and Surgery, 13 August 2002

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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