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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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Release Date:
6 September 1962 (UK) See more »
Tops in Terror!
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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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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86 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
UK:X (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) (1994) (2006) | USA:Not Rated

Did You Know?

Boris Karloff (Dr. Thomas Bolton) and Christopher Lee (Resurrection Joe) have three roles in common: (1) Karloff played Frankenstein's Monster in Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and Son of Frankenstein (1939) whilst Lee played him in The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), (2) Karloff played the Mummy in The Mummy (1932) whilst Lee played him in The Mummy (1959) and (3) Karloff played Dr. Fu Manchu in The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932) whilst Lee played him in The Face of Fu Manchu (1965), The Brides of Fu Manchu (1966), The Vengeance of Fu Manchu (1967), The Blood of Fu Manchu (1968) and Sax Rohmer's The Castle of Fu Manchu (1969).See more »
Anachronisms: During the opening amputation scene the screaming patient reveals modern cavity fillings in the back teeth of his upper jaw.See more »
Dr. Bolton:[In the Seven Dials] This place must breed a hundred fevers!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Corridor Gossip (2007) (V)See more »
Luverly GinSee more »


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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Laced With Laudanum, 21 April 2010
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

If Boris Karloff's character of a Victorian doctor looking for an anesthetic had the benefit of some scientific journals he might have read about Morton, Long, and Welles over in America experimenting on such a project. In Corridors Of Blood the lines of experimentation that Karloff was pursuing held a lot of danger for everyone concerned.

Corridors Of Blood casts Boris Karloff as a respected London surgeon of the early Victorian era who is seeking a method of painless surgery. But those Americans I cited were using a form of Nitrous Oxide and eventually developed Ether. Karloff has decided to use a concoction that has as its base Laudanum which is an Opium derivative.

The results are what you would expect, Karloff breathing in the fumes of his experiment becomes an addict and starts frequenting the seamier sides of London for Laudanum for his experiments and more for himself. A pair of cutthroats played by Francis DeWolff and Christopher Lee aid him in his search, for a price.

Corridors Of Blood is a moody atmospheric thriller set in Oliver Twist London. Look also for a good performance by Nigel Green as the police inspector looking to break up the den of vice and corruption that Karloff has fallen into. Definitely a must for Karloff fans.

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