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The Human Monster (1939)

The Dark Eyes of London (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Horror, Mystery | 24 March 1940 (USA)
Insurance agent-physician collects on policies of men murdered by a disfigured resident of the home for the blind where he acts as doctor-on-call.

Director:

Walter Summers

Writers:

Edgar Wallace (novel), Patrick Kirwan (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bela Lugosi ... Dr. Feodor Orloff
Hugh Williams ... Det. Insp. Larry Holt
Greta Gynt ... Diana Stuart
Edmon Ryan ... Lieutenant Patrick O'Reilly
Wilfred Walter Wilfred Walter ... Jake
Alexander Field Alexander Field ... Fred Grogan
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Storyline

A series of strange deaths takes place in London. All are accidents but the victims are single men with no family and they all have a link to a life insurance company run by the mysterious Dr. Orloff. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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A Brute With the Power of a Giant Who Kills at the Command of a Mad Svengali! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Horror | Mystery | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Human Monster See more »

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Production Co:

John Argyle Productions See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Holt's statement "As the walrus said to the carpenter, the time has come..." is a reference to the poem, 'The Walrus and the Carpenter', from Lewis Carroll's 'Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There'. See more »

Quotes

Diana Stuart: I can't! I daren't!
Det. Insp. Larry Holt: You'll dare. I've got to have sufficient proof that Dr. Orloff is a murderer and your father was his last victim.
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Featured in Gangsters: Enter the White Devil (1978) See more »

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Vintage creeps from a long-ago era
28 February 2005 | by telepinus1525See all my reviews

I can't help it. I LIKE this film. Terribly subjective, I know, but... This film is an adaption of an Edgar Wallace novel, like his "The Green Archer", "The Four Just Men", and many, many others, almost all of which have a near-byzantine plot structure amidst the thrills and chills a la Sax Rohmer's "Fu Manchu" stories. They were written in a totally different day and age for a different audience. That a great many more were adapted for film in Europe should give you an idea of their popularity. Like many Wallace's tales, there are dark deeds abounding, naturally having to do with financial gain via insurance fraud and murder, with the Evil Ringleader sitting at the center of it all, dispatching his evil minions to do his bidding, while cloaked in a disguise of (almost) perfect respectability. If you think about it, the big difference, structurally, between this and other films like Humphrey Bogart's "The Enforcer" and Brando's "The Godfather" is that the audience already KNOWS who doing the killing. American audiences even today just don't buy a racketeer being totally anonymous even to the cops(However, if someone were to successfully adapt Forrest Evers' "Take-over" for the big screen, it might change a lot of people's minds).As for me, Don Vito Corleone's hit man, Luca Brasi, doesn't hold a candle to the terrifying henchman,Blind Jake...yes, I like this film. Seen in the proper spirit, it should creep you out, too!


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