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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.

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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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Taglines:

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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

John Argyle Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Stainsbury machine is a Braille shorthand machine. Henry Stainsby, superintendent of Birmingham Institution of the Blind in England and Alfred Wayne developed several of these devices, commencing in 1899. The one seen on the film is similar to the 'Improved Stainsby Braille Writer' of 1933. 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

When re-released theatrically in the UK in 1949, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'A' rating. All cuts were waived in 1953 when the film was re-released theatrically with a 'X' certificate and later in 1993 when released with a 'PG' certificate for home video. See more »

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A great film and a must see for Lugosi fans!
22 August 2006 | by doc_hartmanSee all my reviews

In my opinion, outside of "Dracula" and "White Zombie," this is Lugosi at his best. Dr. Orloff (Lugosi) is a philanthropist who donates his medical expertise to a work-house for blind men. On the side he runs an insurance scam by loaning money to desperate individuals and holds their life insurance policy as collateral, then he has them killed so he can collect on the policies. But that's just the plot. There is so much more happening.

Lugosi is brilliant as the cold-hearted Dr. Orloff as he plays cat and mouse with the police and the daughter of one of his victims. He is able to move effortlessly from kind hearted doctor to calculating and greed driven murderer. The plot moves forward at a brisk pace with little down time and the build up to the climax was unexpected and absolutely chilling. Lugosi truly made me believe he was evil in this film and I quickly was involved with the plot. The supporting cast did exactly as they should; got out of the way and let Lugosi run with the film. See it. Buy it. Watch it.


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