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King of the Zombies (1941)

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 (original story and screenplay)
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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 ... Adm. 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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Blood-chilling revelations of the weird cult that practices its black magic in the impenetrable jungles of Central America! (original poster) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El rey de los zombies See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film has an unofficial sequel with two of the original cast members, with Mantan Moreland reprising his role as Jeff in Revenge of the Zombies (1943). See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Sangre is showing Bill and Mac their quarters, the boom mic shadow is often visible on the wall with the entry door. See more »

Quotes

Jefferson 'Jeff' Jackson: [Eating the food set out for the zombies] This being a zombie sure is a drawback. Where's the salt?
Samantha, the Maid: You eats that the way it is and likes it. Zombies ain't supposed to use salt.
Jefferson 'Jeff' Jackson: [Samantha brings Jeff the salt] I thought you said!
Samantha, the Maid: I changed my mind.
Jefferson 'Jeff' Jackson: [Samantha continues to pour the salt] That's more like it. Take it easy there woman, I ain't no herring!
Samantha, the Maid: Now eat.
Jefferson 'Jeff' Jackson: [Samantha keeps pouring the salt] Whew! What is you trying to do? Poison me?
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Whitten ...
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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