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The Miracle Man (1932)

A gang of crooks evade the police by moving their operations to a small town. There the gang's leader, John Madison, encounters a faith healer and uses him to scam the gullible public of ... See full summary »

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Norman Z. McLeod (as Norman McLeod)

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George M. Cohan (play), Robert Hobart Davis (novel) (as Robert H. Davis) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sylvia Sidney ... Helen Smith aka Helen Vail
Chester Morris ... John 'Doc' Madison
Robert Coogan ... Bobbie Holmes
John Wray ... The Frog
Ned Sparks ... Harry Evans (as Ned A. Sparks)
Hobart Bosworth ... The Patriarch
Lloyd Hughes ... Robert Thornton
Virginia Bruce ... Margaret Thornton
Boris Karloff ... Nikko
Irving Pichel ... Henry Holmes
Frank Darien Frank Darien ... Hiram Higgins
Florine McKinney ... Betty Higgins
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A gang of crooks evade the police by moving their operations to a small town. There the gang's leader, John Madison, encounters a faith healer and uses him to scam the gullible public of funds for a supposed chapel. But when a real healing takes place, a change comes over the gang. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spiel am Abgrund See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Tyrone Power Sr. was originally supposed to play the Patriarch, but his untimely death prevented this. Hr was replaced by Hobart Bosworth, This would have marked the film debut of his son, Tyrone Power, Jr., but his father's death precluded that. See more »

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Remake of The Miracle Man (1919) See more »

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John Wray and Boris Karloff
26 November 2013 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

1932's "The Miracle Man," a remake of the lost 1919 silent that made a star of Lon Chaney, should be better remembered than it is. John Wray admirably fills the role of Chaney's phony cripple 'The Frog,' and Boris Karloff, still a supporting player in the brief six month period after "Frankenstein," adds to its position as a pre-code Hollywood curio (Boris would never return to Paramount, which did very few horror films). Chester Morris, Ned Sparks, and Sylvia Sidney round out the quartet of confidence tricksters who get more than they bargained for when they take on 'The Patriarch' (Hobart Bosworth), alias 'The Miracle Man.' John Wray was enjoying one of his most prominent seasons, with memorable turns in both "Doctor X" and "The Death Kiss." As for Karloff, he only features in the opening reel, playing Chinatown tavern owner Nikko, slight Oriental accent not unlike his Chinese general in 1937's "West of Shanghai," whose lecherous designs on Sylvia Sidney are not reciprocated. Rather than accept his usual cut from Morris, he chooses to spy on the undressing girl through a convenient keyhole, earning him a well deserved fall from grace. Following "Business and Pleasure" and "Night World," Karloff's star status at Universal would be solidified by "The Old Dark House," with genre vehicles thereafter prepared especially for him.


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