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Bowery at Midnight (1942)

Approved | | Crime, Thriller | 30 October 1942 (USA)
Kindly soup kitchen operator and professor of criminology Bela Lugosi uses his soup kitchen as a front for a criminal gang who commit a series of daring robberies and murders.

Director:

Wallace Fox

Writers:

Gerald Schnitzer (original story), Gerald Schnitzer (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Bela Lugosi ... Professor Brenner aka Karl Wagner
John Archer ... Richard Dennison
Wanda McKay ... Judy Malvern
Tom Neal ... Frankie Mills
Vince Barnett ... Charley
Anna Hope Anna Hope ... Mrs. Brenner
John Berkes ... Fingers Dolan
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Capt. Mitchell
Dave O'Brien ... Pete Crawford
Lucille Vance ... Mrs. Malvern
Lew Kelly Lew Kelly ... Doc Brooks
Wheeler Oakman ... Stratton
Ray Miller Ray Miller ... Big Man
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Storyline

Kindly soup kitchen operator and professor of criminology Karl Wagner uses his soup kitchen as a front for a criminal gang who commit a series of daring robberies and murders. When things get out of hand, Wagner kills his henchmen, who wind up as zombies in the cellar of the soup kitchen. Written by Wheeler Winston Dixon

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The monster and the ghoul! One deals in wholesale murder...the other serves as a torture-master of the living dead! See it and shudder!

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

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Trivia

In the background of one scene there is a poster for the movie The Corpse Vanishes (1942) which stars Bela Lugosi. See more »

Goofs

When Pete is leaving the 45th Precinct house and is talking to the retiring detective, a shadow of the boom microphone is visible on the wall behind them. See more »

Quotes

Prof. Frederick Brenner, alias Karl Wagner: Buck! How often have I told you to keep that cat from desecrating my graves?
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Connections

Featured in Lugosi: Hollywood's Dracula (1997) See more »

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Interesting Monogram Thriller
24 August 2006 | by wdbasingerSee all my reviews

Next to "Invisible Ghost" and "The Corpse Vanishes", this is probably the best of the old Monogram series. ("The Devil Bat", my number one favorite of the "Poverty Row" thrillers was not Monogram, but PRC). Bela Lugosi plays a mad psychologist who moonlights in the dark of night as a master criminal who uses a charity mission as a front. In this film, Lugosi demonstrates not one, but three different personalities. Moreover, the plot gets slightly convoluted compressed into a quick 62 minute running time. Some scenes such as the basement graveyard and the undead zombie attack during the film's climax are very hair-raising indeed.

7/10.

Dan Basinger


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Burial at Midnight See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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