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The Crime of Doctor Crespi (1935)

A crazed scientist invents a serum that induces a catatonic state in whoever it is injected into. He uses the serum to paralyze his enemies, so that he can bury them alive.

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John H. Auer

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John H. Auer (story), Edgar Allan Poe (suggested by: "Premature Burial") | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Erich von Stroheim ... Dr. Andre Crespi
Harriet Russell Harriet Russell ... Estelle Gorham Ross
Dwight Frye ... Dr. Thomas
Paul Guilfoyle ... Dr. John Arnold
John Bohn John Bohn ... Dr. Stephen Ross
Geraldine Kay Geraldine Kay ... Miss Rexford
Jean Brooks ... Miss Gordon (as Jeanne Kelly)
Patsy Berlin Patsy Berlin ... Jeanne Ross, the Child
Joe Verdi Joe Verdi ... Di Angelo
Dean Raymond ... Minister
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Storyline

Dr. Crespi has a festering hatred for Dr. Stephen Ross, the man who married his ex-sweetheart. Ross must undergo surgery and Crespi, sensing an opportunity, seizes it. Ross "appears" to die but Crespi has given him a drug that places the victim in a trance-like state, but leaves him in possession of his senses. Crespi attends the premature burial of his hated colleague. Dr. John Arnold has his suspicions and calls on Dr. Thomas to to help him. They exhume the body and find Ross alive, albeit now a terrified, ghostly figure given to stalking the hospital corridors. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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It Starts Where "Frankenstein" Left Off! (original poster) See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Crime do Dr. Crespi See more »

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Production Co:

Liberty Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA 'High Fidelity' Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Dr. Crespi is no humanitarian!
7 June 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

It seems rather ironic that Erich von Stroheim stars in this film considering it was shot in only 8 days. Why is this so ironic? Well, when von Stroheim was a director, he made "Greed"...a film that originally clocked in at 10.5 hours!!! The studio was irate to say the least and pared the film down to 2 hours....and Von Stroheim received very few assignments to direct after this and his next debacle, "Queen Kelly"...which he never actually finished!

Doctor Crespi (von Stroheim) is a well respected doctor. However, he's hiding his rage...rage at the man who he credits with stealing Crespi's girlfriend. So, when this same man needs an operation, Crespi agrees to do it...and now he finally can get his revenge. Using a formula he's created himself, he injects the patient...who appears to die and remains in a dead-like state for 24 hours. But Crespi knows that the man IS still alive...and he taunts the man and describes the agony he'll go through when he's buried alive! Is there any hope for the victim? Well, Crespi's assistant (Dwight Frye) doesn't trust him...and he begins to suspect that perhaps Crespi poisoned the man. What's next?

This is a well made and very effective B-horror film. Nothing to dislike about this one....very enjoyable and worth your time...particularly if you like the genre.


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