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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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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 <MICHAELPEM@aol.com>

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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 »

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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 »

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Janine Du Bois: But, George, you just can't stand there and tell me that you're going away and never coming back without giving me an explanation.
Dr. Georges Bonner: My work makes it necessary.
Janine Du Bois: Because you're a doctor?
Dr. Georges Bonner: Yes, partly. I have to travel where no one has been before I want to lift the curtain of life and see what is beyond.
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How About a DVD Double Feature?
7 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

THE MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH (the Hammer Films remake of 1945's THE MAN IN HALF MOON STREET, based on the play by Barre' Lyndon) seems to be a forgotten fantasy-thriller. Often compared with Oscar Wilde's PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, this film rarely seems to get the same airplay on late night TV or on any of the "Shock Theatre" programs that many of the other Hammer horror hits did, and has yet to receive a home video release. With so much of the Hammer library now out on DVD, and since Paramount handled Hammer's distribution for this (as well as having produced the 1945 original), it would be nice to see the two films released to DVD as a double feature. (Much like the HOUSE OF WAX/MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM or the Frederic March and Spencer Tracy versions of DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE.)


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