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The Mad Ghoul (1943)

A university chemistry professor experiments with an ancient Mayan gas on a medical student, turning the would-be surgeon into a murdering ghoul.

Director:

James P. Hogan (as James Hogan)

Writers:

Brenda Weisberg (screenplay), Paul Gangelin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
David Bruce ... Ted Allison
Evelyn Ankers ... Isabel Lewis
George Zucco ... Dr. Alfred Morris
Robert Armstrong ... Ken McClure
Turhan Bey ... Eric Iverson
Milburn Stone ... Macklin
Andrew Tombes ... Eagan
Rose Hobart ... Della
Addison Richards ... Gavigan
Charles McGraw ... Garrity
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Storyline

Dr. Alfred Morris, a university chemistry professor, rediscovers an ancient Mayan formula for a gas which turns men into pliant, obedient, zombie-like ghouls. After medical student Ted Allison becomes a guinea pig for Morris, the professor imagines that Allison's fiancee, beautiful concert singer Isabel Lewis, wants to break off the engagement because she prefers the professor as a more "mature" lover but in reality loves Eric Iverson, her accompanist. In order to bring Ted back from his trance-like states, Morris commands him to perform a cardiectomy on recently deceased or living bodies in order to use serum from their hearts as a temporary antidote. When the serial murders seem to coincide with Isabel's touring schedule, ace reporter "Scoop" McClure gets on the mad scientist's trail. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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A NEW SENSATION IN HORROR! (original poster-all caps)


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mystery of the Ghoul See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Evelyn Ankers hoped to do her own singing for the film, but because of the tight production schedule producer Ben Pivar used stock recordings of Lillian Cornell for the scenes in which Ankers' character sings (and the songs are obviously older recordings since their sound quality is inferior to the rest of the soundtrack). See more »

Quotes

[Ken McClure pursues the ghoul into his bier]
Egan (mortician): For goodness sake, whatever you do, don't mar the coffin!
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Connections

Referenced in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: The Mummy's Hand (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls
(uncredited)
from "The Bohemian Girl"
Music by Michael William Balfe
Lyrics by Alfred Bunn
Sung by Evelyn Ankers (dubbed by Lillian Cornell)
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Gratifying 'Ghoul'
5 September 2002 | by twanuritSee all my reviews

Another Universal pleasure, spinning out a horror framework behind a story of three men in love with the same woman. Evelyn Ankers is the beauteous object of affection, playing a concert singer engaged to a handsome college student (David Bruce), but she's fallen for her pianist (Turhan Bey), while the student's mad scientist mentor (George Zucco) is hopelessly smitten. The scientist achieves a "living death' syndrome to his unwilling student, eventually using it as a tool to rid the pianist. The stars are great, earnest and engaging, particularly Bruce and Zucco. Grand soundtrack and fog-shrouded, shadowy scenes abound. A fun, time-capsule flick from the masters.


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