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Dr. Cyclops (1940)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, Horror | 12 April 1940 (USA)
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A mad scientist working in the South American jungle miniaturizes his colleagues when he feels his megalomania is threatened.

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Tom Kilpatrick (original screen play)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Albert Dekker ... Dr. Thorkel
Thomas Coley Thomas Coley ... Bill Stockton
Janice Logan ... Dr. Mary Robinson
Charles Halton ... Dr. Bulfinch
Victor Kilian ... Steve Baker
Frank Yaconelli Frank Yaconelli ... Pedro
Paul Fix ... Dr. Mendoza
Frank Reicher ... Professor Kendall
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Storyline

Four explorers are summoned to Peru by the brilliant physicist Dr Thorkel. They discover a rich source of radium and a half-mad Thorkel who shrinks them down to one-fifth their normal size when they threaten to stop his unorthodox experimentation. Written by Steve Hill <shill@harper.cc.il.us>

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Diabolical Dr. Cyclops See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doctor Cyclops See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"Dr. Cyclops" was Albert Dekker's signature part, and virtually all of his obituaries mentioned the film. See more »

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At the end, the remaining three survivors all agree to not reveal to anyone what happened at Thorkel's lab. Bullfinch was a renowned scientist whom Thorkel murdered in cold blood, not to mention the fact he also murdered Pedro. Sure, probably no one will wonder about Pedro, but won't people ask about Bullfinch's disappearance? See more »

Quotes

Dr. Alexander Thorkel: Strange how absorbed man has been in the size of things!
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Crazy Credits

The Paramount logo has a flashing green mist over it just before the main titles (which also have it). See more »

Alternate Versions

The scene where Dr. Thorkel murders Dr. Mendoza is missing from many TV prints. See more »

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Referenced in Attack of the 50 Foot Monster Mania (1999) See more »

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Impressive Special Effects and Sets
30 August 2018 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

After killing his assistant Dr. Mendoza (Paul Fix), the insane Dr. Thorkel (Albert Dekker) summons the biologists Dr. Bulfinch (Charles Halton) and Dr. Mary Robinson (Janice Logan) to meet him in a remote area in the jungle of Peru. They travel with the mineralogist Bill Stockton (Thomas Coley) in mules owned by Steve Baker (Victor Kilian) that insists to go with them. After the long journey, Dr. Thorkel asks them to help him to identify a sample in a microscope and after receiving the answer, he thanks the support of his colleagues and say farewell to them. They decide to stay and find that there is a uranium mine in the spot. Further, they break in Thorkel´s laboratory to snoop into his research. Thorkel lures the group and locks them and his servant Pedro (Frank Yaconelli) in a room with an apparatus developed by him. He activates the device and shrinks the group that flees from him. Now Dr. Thorkel hunts them down.

"Dr. Cyclops" is a 1940 horror film with impressive special effects and sets. The story of a mad scientist that shrinks people when he feels threatened by them is funny. However the screenplay and edition have many flaws, such as the color of the miniature people clothes that change from white to different colors. The famous Dr. Bulfinch and Pedro are murdered by Dr. Thorkel but everybody seems to have forgotten in the end. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Delírio de um Sábio" ("The Delirium of a Wise")


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