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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:

Eyes of Doom! Man or Beast! 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

Orloff's quote "And the greatest of these is Charity..." is from 1st Corinthians 13:13. 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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Version of Dead Eyes of London (1961) See more »

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Chilling!
4 February 2006 | by TheGeezerSee all my reviews

Instead of repeating all the details others have, I'll just say the film really gave me the creeps the first time I saw it. Sometimes when you see an old movie like this from the 20s or 30s, it's tempting to think nothing in it can shock you, because movies are not as "sophisticated" as the things you see today. I saw it on television many years back, way before home video, and was delighted to find it in a grocery store's previously viewed tape bin. It hasn't lost any of it's punch. To see how cruelly Lugosi dealt with his very helpless victims chilled me to the bone. The Uday of his time. It has a Hitchcock-type of human horror that is more effective than any rubber suited monster. Not too badly paced, and is still one I get out when in the mood for something dark.


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