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The Man with Nine Lives (1940)

Approved | | Mystery, Sci-Fi | 18 April 1940 (USA)
A medical researcher visits the deserted home of a pioneer in cryogenic science who disappeared 10 years earlier and finds him frozen in ice but still alive.

Director:

Nick Grinde (as Nick Grindé)

Writers:

Karl Brown (screen play), Harold Shumate (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... Dr. Leon Kravaal
Roger Pryor ... Dr. Tim Mason
Jo Ann Sayers ... Judith Blair
Stanley Brown ... Bob Adams
John Dilson ... John Hawthorne
Hal Taliaferro ... Sheriff Stanton
Byron Foulger ... Dr. Bassett
Charles Trowbridge ... Dr. Harvey
Ernie Adams ... Pete Daggett
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Storyline

Dr. Leon Kravaal develops a potential cure for cancer, which involves freezing the patient. But an experiment goes awry when authorities believe Kravaal has killed a patient. Kravaal freezes the officials, along with himself. Years later, they are discovered and revived in hopes that Kravaal can indeed complete his cure. But human greed and weakness compound to disrupt the project. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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He kills in the name of science...Tombs of ice for the living...Chambers of horror for the dead! See more »

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Mystery | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La isla de los resucitados See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Part of the Son of Shock package of 20 titles released to television in 1958, which followed the original Shock Theater release of 52 features one year earlier. This was also one of the 11 Columbia titles, the other 61 all being Universals. See more »

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When Dr. Mason uses the "standard" method of reviving Dr. Kravaal, it doesn't appear to be anything more than placing him near a fire and putting blankets on him. He asks his nurse for "more coffee," but it's unclear what he's doing with the coffee which would help him resuscitate the doctor as Kravaal is unconscious and can't be drinking it. See more »

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opening title card scroll: Added to the many miracles performed by modern science that have accounted for the saving of thousands upon thousands of human beings, comes its newest and most modern discovery - frozen therapy. ¶Estimates of how long frozen therapy can produce a state of suspended animation range from days to years. But on the fact that disease can be arrested - that life can be prolonged, by freezing human beings in ice, the medical world agrees. ¶In research hospitals today, men and women are ...
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The Man with Nine Lives (1940) **1/2
1 June 2010 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews

Boris Karloff plays Dr. Kravaal, a pioneer in human cryogenics who, at one time past, was conducting unethical experiments before he mysteriously vanished along with a small group of law officials who were apprehending him for his crimes at that time. We then fast forward ahead ten years to the 'present' day of 1940 where young Dr. Mason (Roger Pryor) and his fiancée/assistant, Judy (Jo Ann Sayers) are making great strides in the treatment of cancer patients through means of 'Frozen Therapy,' a process originally spearheaded by the missing Kravaal himself. Curious to know exactly what happened to the old doctor, Mason and Judy embark on a search to Kravaal's long abandoned residence. Descending many steps downward below the surface of his home, they discover the scientist mysteriously preserved alive inside his own ice chamber, along with the men who tried to arrest him. Once all the main players are revived, Kravaal remains as wrapped up in his experiments as ever, and is now determined to continue them at any price -- even if it means using the people around him as unwilling human guinea pigs. This was another in a series of similar mad doctor movies which Karloff made for Columbia Pictures in the 1940s. As far as this series go, this one is an interesting offering. **1/2 out of ****


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