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 »
if you found this film in your "Bela Lugosi Collection" or some other feature with Karloff and Lugosi, you will probably be disappointed the two horror stars were minor players.
This movie is really about the Stanley Ridges character of a College professor who finds part of the brain of a gangster implanted in his head. You have some very nice transformational scenes where the actor changes personality by merely changing his hairstyle and mannerisms.
It is said Karloff was supposed to play the professor/gangster, and Lugosi the doctor, but they changed casting at the last minute when Karloff balked at what he thought would be too complicated a role. Ridges pulls it off perfectly. And sadly, the guy is probably not remembered for much of anything else.
Ruthless gangster by night, meek college professor by day.
Really a B-movie, but fun to watch.
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