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The Human Monster (1939)

The Dark Eyes of London (original title)
Approved | | 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 (as Wilfrid Walter)
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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Based on "The Dark Eyes Of London" By Edgar Wallace [Poster under title of The Human Monster] See more »

Genres:

Crime | Horror | Mystery | Drama

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Trivia

The first British horror movie to be rated 'H' for horrific, which was brought in by the British Board of Film Censors in 1933 for films that were deemed too horrific for children under 16 to see after the early 30s Universal horrors shocked audiences. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Feodor Orloff: You have been very foolish, Lou. You are blind, and you cannot speak. But you can hear - and that will never do!
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Alternate Versions

Re-released after the Second World War in a colourised version. See more »

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Referenced in Burying the Ex (2014) See more »

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Far from brilliant, but very high on the "creepy factor"
3 April 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Bela Lugosi made a lot of schlocky films during his career. While DARK EYES OF London is definitely a low budget film, thanks to decent writing and a very creepy style it manages to entertain even after almost 70 years.

Bela plays a totally amoral criminal who runs an insurance company. He insures people and makes himself the beneficiary after making these people loans. But instead of waiting to collect the money, he drowns them and throws their body in the Thames. While an interesting scheme, he oddly does it repeatedly--naturally arousing the suspicions of the police.

In addition to being an insurance man, Lugosi also is a benefactor to a home for indigent blind men. However, this act of kindness is a front, as this home is where Bela commits his murders with the help of a truly horrifying looking blind assistant. Near the very end, you actually get to see him kill one of his innocent victims and toss him in the river in a very graphic way--hence deservedly earning its special horror rating in the UK.

The film earns some points for an unusual plot and its graphic scenes--it really is a pretty scary film for 1940. However, there are a few lulls, some overacting by the idiot playing the cop from Chicago and the irrationality of Lugosi committing so many murders yet hoping to get away with it when he's the only rational suspect. By the way, speaking of the Chicago cop, do all Brits see us Americans as THAT brash and annoying?! I sure hope not! You also wonder why they even bothered including this character, as he was rather distracting and unnecessary.


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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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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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