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The Mad Doctor (1940)

A crazed physician marries a wealthy women and, with the help of his demented assistant, murders them for their money.

Director:

Tim Whelan

Writer:

Howard J. Green
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Cast

Cast overview:
Basil Rathbone ... Dr. George Sebastian / Dr. Frederick Langamann
Ellen Drew ... Linda Boothe
John Howard ... Gil Sawyer
Barbara Jo Allen ... Louise Watkins (as Barbara Allen [Vera Vague])
Ralph Morgan ... Dr. Charles Downer
Martin Kosleck ... Maurice Gretz
Kitty Kelly ... Winnie
Hugh O'Connell ... Lawrence Watkins
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A crazed physician marries a wealthy women and, with the help of his demented assistant, murders them for their money.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 1941 (USA) See more »

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Em Face do Destino See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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The Svengali of murderers.
28 April 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The story begins with the deaths of one of Sebastian's wives. Her father is convinced that Sebastian is responsible...and during much of the film he works to bring the man to justice. But to counter the father, Sebastian has Gretz steal the body of his latest victim in order to prevent an autopsy! What else will these infamous killers do next?

Basil Rathbone plays the suave Bluebeard who uses his hypnotic powers over women, Dr. Sebastian. He marries rich women, murders them and then disappears....off to find another woman to kill. He's assisted in his endeavors by Gretz...and their relationship is VERY unusual (and nowadays it would be seen as homoerotic by many). I would love to see a remake that explores this odd relationship more. Regardless, it is an interesting little suspense picture...well worth seeing because of the acting and script.


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