In the 15th century Richard Duke of Gloucester, aided by his club-footed executioner Mord, eliminates those ahead of him in succession to the throne, then occupied by his brother King ... See full summary »
Rowland V. Lee
Noble-born cad Denis (Stapley) has been tricked into a forced stay at the eerie manor of the Sire de Maletroit (Laughton), an evil madman who can't get over the death of his beloved, twenty... See full summary »
When his friend Professor Kingsley is at deaths door, brain surgeon Dr. Sovac saves his life by means of an illegal operation that transplants part of injured gangster Red Cannon's brain. Unfortunately, the operation has a disastrous Jeckll and Hyde side effect and under certain conditions the persona of Cannon emerges. Sovac soon learns of the duel personality and of half a million dollars the gangster has hidden away. He attempts to find the money through the manipulation of his friend, an attempt that brings Kingsley closer to madness as he alternates between a meek professor of English and a brutal gangster out for murderous revenge on those who tried to kill him.Written by
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Under the original script title of Friday The Thirtheenth, Bela Lugosi was to play Dr. Ernest Sovac and Karloff was Prof. George Kingsley, with Red Cannon featured as a hoodlum. Unfortunately, drastic changes were made that scriptwriter Curt Siodmak would later reveal were insisted on by Karloff as "He was afraid of it. There was too much acting in it. It was too intricate." After the reshuffle , Karloff unjustly appropriated Bela's role and, incomprehensibly as to why Bela wasn't given the part of Prof. Kingsley, Bela Lugosi was left with a minor role as rival gangster Eric Marnay. See more »
Professor Kingsley is seen to scream and throw up his hands before the car is doing anything more than moving forward and is not headed in his direction. See more »
Dr. Ernest Sovac:
Here's a curious thing George. It seems that Louie Devore, one of Red Cannon gang, was found early this morning in a deserted building dying from the effects of a brutal beating. His back had been broken.
Prof. George Kingsley:
Good Heavens, Earnest. Why on Earth bother me with that grusome stuff?
Dr. Ernest Sovac:
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Okay when I sat down to watch this film the other night it was with dread.All I had ever heard was how this wasn't a horror movie and it was a cheat because Lugosi & Karloff didn't have any scenes together.
Guess what?It was a darn fine movie.This falls more into a gangster/mad scientist type of genre but is a lot of fun just the same. Stanley Ridges actually steals the movie with his performance as the teacher/gangster.Karloff is his usual wonderful self.Lugosi does a great job in the allegedly thankless role of Varney the gangster.
Rather than go into the details of this little gem why don't you see if you can find a copy of it and watch it.
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