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King of the Zombies (1941)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy, Horror | 14 May 1941 (USA)
On a spooky island, three stranded travelers find an evil doctor working with foreign spies and in control of zombies.

Director:

Jean Yarbrough

Writer:

Edmond Kelso (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dick Purcell ... James McCarthy
Joan Woodbury ... Barbara Winslow
Mantan Moreland ... Jeff
Henry Victor ... Dr. Miklos Sangre
John Archer ... Bill Summers
Patricia Stacey Patricia Stacey ... Alyce Sangre
Guy Usher Guy Usher ... Admiral Wainwright
Marguerite Whitten Marguerite Whitten ... Samantha
Leigh Whipper Leigh Whipper ... Momba
Madame Sul-Te-Wan Madame Sul-Te-Wan ... Tahama
James Davis James Davis ... Lazarus (as Jimmy Davis)
Laurence Criner Laurence Criner ... Dr. Couillie (as Lawrence Criner)
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During World War 2, a small plane off the south coast of America is low on fuel and blown off course by a storm. Guided by a faint radio signal, they crashland on an island. The passenger, his manservant and the pilot take refuge in a mansion owned by a doctor. The easily-spooked manservant soon becomes convinced the mansion is haunted by zombies and ghosts. Exploring, the 3 find a voodoo ritual in the cellar, where the doctor is trying to acquire war intelligence by transferring personalities into his zombies. But the interruption causes the zombies to turn on their creator. Written by Cynan Rees <cynanrees@hotmail.com>

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Trivia

As of 2011, remains the only zombie-related film to be nominated for an Academy Award in any category (in this instance, Best Original Score for a Dramatic Picture). See more »

Goofs

Dr. Sangre tells Mac that his sleeping quarters adjoin Bill's, but later in the film Bill and Mac are seen sharing a bed, with no explanation. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
James McCarthy: Hello? McCarthy calling. McCarthy calling. Hello?
Bill Summers: Any luck, Mac?
James McCarthy: Nah, I can't even scare up a news broadcast.
Bill Summers: Where do you think we are?
James McCarthy: Search me. We lost the beam hours ago. Probably somewhere between Cuba nad Puerto Rico.
Jeff: Is it that bad?
James McCarthy: It ain't good.
Jeff: Uh-oh. I knowed I wasn't cut out to be no blackbird.
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Connections

Featured in Sprockets: Zombies (1995) See more »

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30 September 2006 | by WeretunaSee all my reviews

This movie was as much Whitten's as it was Morelands. She was beautiful. Had she been active during the 90s, with her talent and beauty, she could have ruled Hollywood. Moreland, given his delivery and timing, would give Murphy a run for his money. This movie is a comedy classic. Being dated as it is, and altogether politically incorrect by todays standards, it actually gave Whitten and Moreland a lot of space to show off their talents. It may seem backwards NOW but for that day and time it was really very progressive. The other actors, well ... The Doctor was cool, and I think was trying to play off Lugousi. The rest? Hey, some one has to play "third through the door".And they did OK. If nothing else they made Whitten and Moreland look even better. But they didn't really need that kinda help. ;-)


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1941 (USA) See more »

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