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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Dr. John Garth
... Martha Garth
... Dr. Paul Ames
... Dr. Ralph Howard
... Warden Thompson
... Victor Sondini
Wright Kramer ... George Wharton
Bertram Marburgh ... Stephen Barclay
... Capt. McGraw
... District Attorney
... Anson, Prison Guard
... Otto Kron - Convict
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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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This film was shot in the house later used in the 1945 title The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) staring Hurd Hatfield. See more »

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Dr. John Garth: And when my body is brought back from the autopsy room, apply the tests that i've outlined to you.
Dr. Ralph Howard: But...
Dr. John Garth: ...and you must forget that we've worked together, that we are friends. You must go on! Learn what you can from the study of my heart, my brain, and my blood!
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Featured in The Lady with the Torch (1999) See more »

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A Good Columbia Picture
4 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Of the Karloff Columbia Mad Doctor pictures, my very favorite is "The Man With Nine Lives" with "The Devil Commands" a close second followed by "The Man They Could Not Hang" (which was still quite good). Similarly, "Before I Hang" is a good "B" picture with some good scenes such as the experimentation with the model in order to mix the chemicals and serums correctly. Karloff's "Dr. Jekyll - Mr. Hyde" transformations seem to be very hair-raising indeed.

As usual, Karloff proves he was one of the best mad scientists of classic shudder cinema.

This neat little "B" came with a good supporting cast including Bruce Bennett and Evelyn Keyes.

Worthwhile watching with all of your "B" buddies.

7/10.


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