The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959)

 |  Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  June 1959 (USA)
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A centenarian artist and scientist in 1890 Paris maintains his youth ad health by periodically replacing a gland with that of a living person.



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Complete credited cast:
Anton Diffring ...
Dr. Pierre Gerrard
Arnold Marlé ...
Dr. Ludwig Weiss (as Arnold Marle)
Delphi Lawrence ...
Margo Philippe
Francis De Wolff ...
Inspector Legris


A remake of "The Man in Half Moon Street" (1945) (qv.). Dr. Bonner plans to live forever through periodic gland transplants from younger, healthier human victims. Bonner looks about 40; he's really 104 years old. But people are starting to get suspicious, and he may not make 200. Written by Mike Rogers <>

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Den Tod überlistet  »

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Did You Know?


Anton Diffring was the second choice for the role of Georges Bonnet, after Peter Cushing turned it down shortly before filming began. When Cushing claimed illness after breaking his oral commitment, the studio threatened legal action against its biggest star but didn't follow through. See more »


The prostitute says to George to watch out for the 'dust bins' in the dark alley. The term is common to England but not France. See more »


Margo Philippe: [Frightened, as Bonner metamorphisizes] Your eyes! What's the matter with your eyes?
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Version of The Man in Half Moon Street (1945) See more »

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Decent outing from Hammer films
18 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Terence Fisher, Jimmy Sangster and Christopher Lee teamed up yet again in this Hammer Films outing. This was a remake of the 1945 movie "The Man in Half Moon Street" and has absolutely nothing to do with "The Picture of Dorian Gray". Hazel Court is also on hand once again. She actually did a topless scene available in much of Europe but was cut from the US and UK prints. Anton Diffring is not at his most effective in this film. This is really only for devotees of Hammer and Christopher Lee - who has a new generation of fans thanks to Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings Trilogy and George Lucas' last 2 Star Wars films.

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