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Writers:
Jimmy Sangster (screenplay)
Barré Lyndon (play)
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Release Date:
June 1959 (USA) See more »
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HIS HIDEOUS OBSESSION LED HIM TO COMMIT GHASTLY CRIMES OF PASSION AND VIOLENCE. See more »
Plot:
A centenarian artist and scientist in 1890 Paris maintains his youth and health by periodically replacing a gland with that of a living person. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Anton Diffring ... Dr. Georges Bonnet

Hazel Court ... Janine Du Bois

Christopher Lee ... Dr. Pierre Gerrard
Arnold Marlé ... Dr. Ludwig Weiss (as Arnold Marle)
Delphi Lawrence ... Margo Philippe
Francis De Wolff ... Inspector Legris
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ronald Adam ... Second Doctor (uncredited)

Marie Burke ... Woman At Private View (uncredited)
John Harrison ... Servant (uncredited)
Ian Hewitson ... Roget (uncredited)
Gerda Larsen ... Street Girl (uncredited)
Charles Lloyd Pack ... Man At Private View (uncredited)
Frederick Rawlings ... Footman (uncredited)

Michael Ripper ... Morgue Attendant (uncredited)
Denis Shaw ... Tavern Customer (uncredited)
Barry Shawzin ... Third Doctor (uncredited)
Lockwood West ... First Doctor (uncredited)
Middleton Woods ... Little Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Terence Fisher 
 
Writing credits
Jimmy Sangster (screenplay)

Barré Lyndon (play "The Man in Half Moon Street") (as Barre Lyndon)

Produced by
Michael Carreras .... producer
Anthony Nelson Keys .... associate producer (as Anthony Nelson-Keys)
 
Original Music by
Richard Rodney Bennett  (as Richard Bennett)
 
Cinematography by
Jack Asher (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John Dunsford 
 
Production Design by
Bernard Robinson 
 
Makeup Department
Roy Ashton .... makeup artist
Henry Montsash .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Don Weeks .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Peverall .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Jock May .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Len Harris .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Molly Arbuthnot .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
James Needs .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
John Hollingsworth .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Shirley Barnes .... continuity
 
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83 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Finland:(Banned) (1960) | Sweden:15 | UK:X | UK:12 (DVD) | USA:Approved (certificate #19276) | West Germany:18 (nf)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: 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 »
Quotes:
Margo Philippe:[Frightened, as Bonner metamorphisizes] Your eyes! What's the matter with your eyes?See more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Atmospheric Mad Science From Hammer, 6 May 2012
Author: Bensch

Hammer's most famous and greatest 'mad science' franchise is, of course, the great Frankenstein series starring the almighty Peter Cushing as the ruthless and yet somehow very likable Baron Victor Frankenstein. While THE MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH (1959) is by no means as great as Hammer's Frankenstein films it is a very atmospheric mad-scientist-flick with an excellent cast. Directed by Hammer's Number one, Terence Fisher, THE MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH is an adaptation of a play that was first filmed as THE MAN IN HALF MOON STREET (1945) which I haven't seen yet.

The mad scientist in this film is played by the always-sinister Anton Diffring, who had played Baron Frankenstein in Hammer's own TALES OF FRANKENSTEIN, a 1958 pilot for a planned Frankenstein TV-show that wasn't made. Actually, Diffring's character in this movie, Dr. George Bonner isn't really that 'mad', regarding his situation: In Paris of 1890, Dr. Bonner is a man who seemingly is in his 40s. However, he is in fact 104 years old and keeps his youth with the aid of a serum. In order to survive, he needs periodic gland transplants from young and healthy victims. Needless to say he is willing to kill for his life...

THE MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH co-stars two Hammer icons, British Horror-beauty Hazel Court and the inimitable Christopher Lee. Both deliver great performances as usual. Personally I like Christopher Lee most when he is evil, but hero-roles such as in this film also fit him well. Anton Diffring is a specialist for sinister and macabre characters, and he is once again excellent here. 19th century Paris is a good setting for a Hammer film; even though most of the movie plays indoors here, director Fisher once again makes great use of the Hammer-typical visuals, creating a thick Gothic atmosphere. Overall, THE MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH offers few surprises and may not be an essential must-see, but it is tense and atmospheric Gothic Horror and should not be missed by my fellow Hammer-fans.

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