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Life Returns (1935)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | 2 January 1935 (USA)
A doctor who has spent his career working on ways to revive the dead sees his chance to prove his theory by performing his procedures on a recently deceased dog.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Onslow Stevens ... Dr. John Kendrick
George P. Breakston ... Danny Kendrick (as George Breakston)
Lois Wilson ... Dr. Louise Stone
Valerie Hobson ... Mrs. Kendrick
Stanley Fields ... Dog Catcher
Frank Reicher ... Dr. James
Richard Carle ... A.K. Arnold
Dean Benton Dean Benton ... Intern
Lois January ... Nurse
Richard Quine ... Mickey
Maidel Turner ... Mrs. Vandergriff
George MacQuarrie ... Judge
Otis Harlan ... Dr. Henderson
Robert E. Cornish Robert E. Cornish ... Himself
Mario Margutti Mario Margutti ... Cornish's Assistant
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Storyline

Idealistic doctoral graduates Bob (Dr. Robert E. Cornish), Louise and John plan their futures in pursuit of a formula to restore life to the dead. Bob and Louise wish to remain independent and pursue medical research free of corporate ties. John tries in vain to convince them that by joining him to work at Arnold Research Laboratories they could achieve more research in a year than they could in five as an independent research team. John leaves his friends for corporate pharmacology only to find the pace of his research is not progressing fast enough nor seems practical enough to suit Mr. Arnold. The final blow comes when he is told to turn his attention to creating a treated pig bristle brush to restore hair and prop up his bosses investments in pig processing. Disillusioned Dr. John Kendrick faces public ridicule as he promotes his theory to his peers and falls into a deep depression that costs him his private medical practice. Five years later the sudden passing of his wife, drives... Written by G. E. Sutton

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The mystery of the man who conquered death!

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 January 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'incredibile realtà See more »

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Scienart Pictures See more »
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| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The author, Eugene Frenke (husband of actress Anna Sten), sued Universal for $145,424 claiming that the studio failed to release the picture through normal channels. See more »

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Danny Kendrick: I ran away from the cops. They were gonna put me in the hole!
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Life Returns (1935) *
29 August 2006 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews

Arguably one of the most baffling movies ever, and probably THE single worst thing Universal Studios was ever involved with during their golden "horror cycle". LIFE RETURNS is a rare curio which features Onslow Stevens (Dr. Edelmann from HOUSE OF Dracula), Valerie Hobson (BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN) and even Frank Reicher (KING KONG). In the excellent MacFarland book UNIVERSAL HORRORS I had read that this was one of those obscure films that fans love to try and locate, only to be bitterly disappointed once they track it down. I remember a quote which concluded that "LIFE RETURNS deserves its ongoing obscurity", or something. Well....the risk is yours! So what is this, then? One guess is that it's possibly a story about a doctor (Stevens) trying to develop a formula for bringing dead people back to life, though it's certainly not a horror film. This also echoes the vibe of an "Our Gang" two-reeler minus the comedy: the doc has a young son who becomes involved with a gang of kids and has a pet dog which ultimately becomes a participant in dad's experiment. Footage in here was taken straight from an actual medical procedure trying to revive a dog, spliced in to make it appear part of the movie! * out of ****


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