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Bowery at Midnight (1942)

Approved | | Crime, Thriller | 30 October 1942 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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!

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Crime | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Burial at Midnight See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Banner Productions See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Above the entrance to the mission is a sign of which some of the words are in shadow. It reads: BOWERY FRIENDLY MISSION / NOT "WHAT IS YOUR CREED?" / BUT "WHAT IS YOUR NEED?". See more »

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Police Chief Martin: I can feel the hot breath of the public breathing down my neck.
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Bela the Gangster

Pleasant surprises can come in the most unusual of packages. Such is the case with this 1942 Monogram quickie starring the legendary Bela Lugosi, not as a vampire or a mad doctor, but a jewel thief kingpin hiding under two (count 'em, two) secret identities. With a setup like that, you can't very well lose.

Lugosi, as usual, pulls out an engaging performance; this guy is just plain fun to watch in any role. He doesn't get much help from his co-stars (with the possible exception of Lew Kelly, who steals a few scenes as a schizophrenic doctor), but nobody is exceptionally irritating at least. Plot holes abound and at times things get pretty confusing, but if you can overlook the blemishes and try not to take the production values too seriously, it's a nice little picture overall. And at just over an hour long, it won't bog you down. Watch it for Lugosi's performance if nothing else.

Also, keep an eye out for a poster of another of Lugosi's Monogram films, "The Corpse Vanishes," which appears in the background of one of the scenes.


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