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Before I Hang (1940)

Unrated | | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi | 17 September 1940 (USA)
A physician on death row for a mercy killing is allowed to experiment on a serum using a criminals' blood, but secretly tests it on himself. He gets a pardon, but finds out he's become a Jekyll-&-Hyde.

Director:

Nick Grinde

Writers:

Robert Hardy Andrews (story and screenplay) (as Robert D. Andrews), Karl Brown (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... Dr. John Garth
Evelyn Keyes ... Martha Garth
Bruce Bennett ... Dr. Paul Ames
Edward Van Sloan ... Dr. Ralph Howard
Ben Taggart ... Warden Thompson
Pedro de Cordoba ... Victor Sondini
Wright Kramer Wright Kramer ... George Wharton
Bertram Marburgh Bertram Marburgh ... Stephen Barclay
Don Beddoe ... Capt. McGraw
Robert Fiske ... District Attorney
Kenneth MacDonald ... Anson, Prison Guard
Frank Richards ... Otto Kron - Convict
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Storyline

A physician on death row for a mercy killing is allowed to experiment on a serum using a criminals' blood, but secretly tests it on himself. He gets a pardon, but finds out he's become a Jekyll-&-Hyde.

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DOOMED TO KILL...BY THE MURDERER'S BLOOD IN HIS VEINS! (oringinal print ad - all caps) See more »

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Crime | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El mago de la muerte See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was shot in the house later used in the 1945 title The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) staring Hurd Hatfield. See more »

Quotes

Dr. John Garth: Well, you want to go on living, don't you?
Victor Sondini: Why, I've had a very full life, I... After all, man's span of life is only supposed to be threescore and ten.
Dr. John Garth: Who made that rule? George, your old age is a disease, and I can cure it!
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I was so much older then. I'm younger than that now.
19 January 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Dr. John Garth (Boris Karloff) is convicted of a mercy killing and sentenced to hang. With the time he has left, he is allowed to continue his experiments in prison. He creates a serum that reverses aging and tries it out on himself. But side effects of the serum turn him into a homicidal maniac. Karloff is terrific in a role very similar to many others he had played before and always perfectly. He was so good at creating sympathetic performances out of characters that other actors would have played in broad strokes. Nice supporting cast that includes the always good Edward Van Sloan, Evelyn Keyes, Bruce Bennett, Don Beddoe, and the underrated Pedro de Cordoba. You might not recognize some of those names but it's a solid cast for a 'B' picture. Not the best of Karloff's mad scientist films but highly enjoyable anyway. Definitely give it a shot.


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