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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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Fantastic little horror gem See more (28 total) »

Cast

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

Christopher Lee ... Resurrection Joe

Finlay Currie ... Supt. Charles Matheson

Adrienne Corri ... Rachel
Francis De Wolff ... Black Ben (also as Francis de Wolff)
Francis Matthews ... Jonathan Bolton
Frank Pettingell ... Mr Blount
Basil Dignam ... Hospital chairman
Marian Spencer ... Mrs Matheson
Carl Bernard ... Ned, The Crow
John Gabriel ... Baker

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
Bernard Archard ... Hospital Official
Frank Sieman ... Evans, Hospital Night Porter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Josephine Bailey ... Child (uncredited)
Maureen Beck ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Anne Castaldini ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Gilda Emmanuelli ... Annie (uncredited)
Charmian Eyre ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Anthea Holloway ... Undetermined Role (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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1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
UK:X (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) | USA:Not Rated

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Trivia:
The working title was "Doctor of the Seven Dial", but MGM objected . They thought that foreign audiences would not be familiar with that area of London.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The light used on Lee's entrance varies from shot to shot.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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Soundtrack:
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Fantastic little horror gem, 31 August 2004
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Any film featuring both Christopher Lee and Boris Karloff is an instant must-see for any horror fan. Alone, either one of these can carry a film; but together they make a force to be reckoned with indeed!

Karloff stars as the central character; a doctor who, through trying to find a way to separate pain from the knife (create an anaesthetic), becomes addicted to the chemicals he is working with. The character that Karloff portrays here is a world away from his most famous role; that of Frankenstein's Monster, but Karloff has proved time and time again throughout his illustrious career that he can handle all sorts of different roles, and he handles this one brilliantly. Karloff draws you into his character and really makes you believe that his ultimate, and only goal is to create something to ease the pain of his patients. When his character takes a more sinister turn after becoming addicted to his chemicals, Karloff impresses more. The way his eyes look and the atmosphere of weakness that he portrays is fantastic and just by looking at the man you can tell that he is extremely unwell. Karloff is one of horror's finest assets, and he more than proves himself with his role here. Of course, he doesn't need to prove anything to anybody; it's well known that he is one of the masters of the genre. As mentioned, starring alongside Karloff is another horror master; Christopher Lee. Lee doesn't have a great deal of screentime in the movie; but, as Lee would go on to show time and time again in his later career; with just his presence, Lee can create a foreboding atmosphere about his character that is unmatched by almost every other actor out there.

The film isn't so much a horror as a thriller charting a man's decent into addiction, but the movie still features a lot of horror moments; most notably the screams of the patients on the operating table and every scene with Christopher Lee in it. Director Robert Day manages to create a foreboding atmosphere that firmly places the viewer in 1860's London. I didn't doubt it for a second, and that is very admirable; especially when the budget is considered. Corridors of Blood isn't a very well distributed film, and that is a shame as there is much to enjoy about it. However, if you do ever get the chance to see it; be sure to take it. You'll be glad you did.

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