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Doctor X (1932)

A wisecracking New York reporter intrudes on a research scientist's quest to unmask The Moon Killer.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Robert Tasker (screen play), Earl Baldwin (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lionel Atwill ... Dr. Jerry Xavier
Fay Wray ... Joanne Xavier
Lee Tracy ... Lee Taylor
Preston Foster ... Dr. Wells
John Wray ... Dr. Haines
Harry Beresford ... Dr. Duke
Arthur Edmund Carewe ... Dr. Rowitz
Leila Bennett ... Mamie
Robert Warwick ... Police Commissioner Stevens
George Rosener ... Otto
Willard Robertson ... Detective O'Halloran
Thomas E. Jackson Thomas E. Jackson ... Daily World Editor (as Thomas Jackson)
Harry Holman ... Mike - Waterfront Policeman
Mae Busch ... Cathouse Madame
Tom Dugan ... Sheriff
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Storyline

A monster lurks as New York newspaperman Lee Taylor investigates one of the "Moon Killer" murders, in which the victims are strangled, cannibalized and surgically incised under the light of the full moon. The trail leads to the cliffside mansion of Dr. Xavier, where the doctor and his colleagues conduct a strange experiment. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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There have been weird mysteries before and there will be weird mysteries again, but here is a thriller that will be remembered for years! A new note in exciting entertainment... An afternoon or evening in another world... An adventure in the realms of mystic romance with lovers fascinatingly different from any you've ever known!...A picture guaranteed to be the outstanding love-mystery of all time...portrayed by a remarkable cast that is worth the price of admission alone! See more »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doktor X See more »

Filming Locations:

Laguna Beach, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

First National Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The second film at Warner Bros. to be shot with the "improved" Technicolor two-strip "Process 3" that had a much finer grain, resulting in better color and clarity. The first one was Manhattan Parade (1931). Warner Bros. abandoned the format (as did other studios) due to its expense and lackluster box office. See more »

Goofs

Just before the police arrive to meet Dr. Haines , a stagehand can be seen adding liquid to the science equipment, (lower right-hand corner). See more »

Quotes

Dr. Haines, Academy of Surgical Research: Professor, since we retired this body has been... It has been...
Dr. Jerry Xavier: I know, but I don't want her to know.
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Alternate Versions

This film was shot in two versions. One camera unit, under Ray Rennahan, shot the film in two-color Technicolor. A second camera unit, under Richard Towers, shot the scenes at the same time in black and white. The black and white version was meant for foreign territories where Technicolor did not have facilities. See more »


Soundtracks

Black Bottom
(1926) (uncredited)
Music by Ray Henderson
Hummed by Lee Tracy while imprisoned in the closet
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I Would Write Two Words, but It Would Spoil the Picture
4 October 2005 | by Mike-764See all my reviews

A Full Moon Killer has been stalking the streets of New York and now has claimed a scrub woman as his latest victim. The police suspect the Academy of Surgical Research as the home of its killer, who the police believe has a vast knowledge of the human body and where the surgical knives found at the scene came from. Dr. Xavier (head of the Academy) believes this is nonsense, but decides to perform an experiment with the four main suspects (not including Xavier) doctors Wells, Rowitz, Haines, and Duke, to test their reactions to the mention of the crimes as well as reenactments. Xavier's daughter Joan teams up with annoying reporter Lee Taylor to find clues to the murders, but they have to act quickly when one of the doctors is killed and the next victim will be Joan, and no one in the academy will be able to stop him. Very entertaining horror film that did benefit from the two strip Technicolor process. Atwill, Wray, Foster, and Rosener gave very good performances, which however did seem to be overshadowed by all technical aspects of the film, Curtiz' direction, Rennahan's cinematography, and Westmore's makeup for the killer at the film's end. The obvious drawback to the film was the perennially annoying Lee Tracy as the reporter. Oh well, you can't have everything. Rating, 8.


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