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Black Friday (1940)

Dr. Sovac transplants the brain of a gangster into his professor friend's body to save his life, but there is a side effect that causes a dangerous split personality.

Director:

Arthur Lubin

Writers:

Curt Siodmak (screenplay) (as Kurt Siodmak), Eric Taylor (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... Dr. Ernest Sovac
Bela Lugosi ... Eric Marnay
Stanley Ridges ... Prof. George Kingsley / Red Cannon
Anne Nagel ... Sunny Rogers
Anne Gwynne ... Jean Sovac
Virginia Brissac ... Mrs. Margaret Kingsley
Edmund MacDonald ... Frank Miller
Paul Fix ... William Kane
Murray Alper ... Bellhop
Jack Mulhall ... Bartender
Joe King ... Chief of Police
John Kelly ... Taxi Driver
Robert Morgan Robert Morgan ... Hotel Associate
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Storyline

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 Carlos Valverde <revchuck@hotmail.com>

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A Reign Of HORROR... a man-made monster on the loose!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Friday the Thirteenth See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$125,750 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Professor Kingsley slightly misquotes William Cowper's line from "The Progress of Error," "How much a dunce that has been sent to roam excels a dunce that has been kept at home." Kingsley sadly cites to his students, "'How many the dunce that has been sent to Rome excels the dunce that must stay at home.'" Perhaps this to conform the idea to his situation. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Dr. Ernest Sovac: Evidently my friend has gone out.
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Ridges deserved an Academy Award

In Black Friday, Stanley Ridges delivers one of the most incredible performances I have even seen commited to celluloid.As the meek University professor who unknowing receives part of a dead gangster's brain, Ridges is amazing.When the gangsters personality surfaces, Ridge's speech and mannerisms are transformed.He is convincing as a brutal, homicidal gangster and seems like a different actor.He steals the film easily from Lugosi and Karloff (No simple task!) and leaves you spellbound throughout.This one is worth the rental!


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