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The Walking Dead (1936)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 14 March 1936 (USA)
After hapless pianist and ex-con John Elman is framed for murder, he is resurrected by a scientist after his execution.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Ewart Adamson (screen play), Peter Milne (screen play) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Boris Karloff ... John Ellman
Ricardo Cortez ... Nolan
Edmund Gwenn ... Dr. Evan Beaumont
Marguerite Churchill ... Nancy
Warren Hull ... Jimmy
Barton MacLane ... Loder
Henry O'Neill ... District Attorney Werner
Joe King ... Judge Roger Shaw (as Joseph King)
Addison Richards ... Prison Warden
Paul Harvey ... Blackstone
Robert Strange ... Merritt
Joe Sawyer ... Trigger Smith (as Joseph Sawyer)
Eddie Acuff ... Betcha
Kenneth Harlan ... Stephen Martin
Miki Morita Miki Morita ... Sako
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Storyline

A gang of racketeers frames down-on-his-luck John Ellman for murder. After a trial finds him guilty, evidence is brought forth proving his innocence, but it is too late and he is executed anyway. A doctor sees an opportunity to use an experimental procedure to restore him to life but is that entirely possible? Desirable? Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Taglines:

BACK FROM THE DEAD! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Nicholas Kobliansky (Russian Doctor), Edward Peil Sr. (Train Engineer) and Adrian Rosley (Florist) are listed in studio records as actors (with their character names) in this film, but they do not appear. See more »

Goofs

Nancy phones Dr. Beaumont to tell him that John Ellman had been shot but she does not tell him where she is. Nevertheless, Dr. Beaumont shows up moments later in the graveyard. See more »

Quotes

John Ellman: [Responding to Beaumont's questions while dying] Leave the dead to their makers. The Lord, thy God is a jealous god.
Dr. Evan Beaumont: [Feeling a sense of urgency] But, John, what is death? Can't you put it into words? Tell me! Tell me! You must! what is death?
John Ellman: I think I can...
[after a pause]
John Ellman: After the shock...
Dr. Evan Beaumont: Yes?
John Ellman: I seemed to feel...
Dr. Evan Beaumont: Yes?
John Ellman: ...peace and a...
[He dies]
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Connections

Referenced in When Father Was Away on Business (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

The Lady in Red
Lyrics (unused) by Mort Dixon
Music by Allie Wrubel
Whistled by Joe Sawyer
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An overlooked and eerie minor classic
2 March 1999 | by MnemosyneSee all my reviews

Michael Curtiz directed this odd combination of gangster and horror films for Warner Bros. Karloff is a minor gangster released from prison who is framed and executed for murder. He's brought back to life when his name is cleared and confronts each of the men who framed him with his knowledge from beyond the grave. The execution scene is absolutely excruciating, as the only witnesses to the crime try to get the corrupt governor to call in a pardon while the music-loving Karloff walks to the electric chair, accompanied by a cello.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Walking Dead See more »

Filming Locations:

Inglewood, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$217,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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