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The Mad Ghoul (1943)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 12 November 1943 (USA)
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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mystery of the Ghoul See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Mad Ghoul" was the last film of director James P. Hogan,who died after finishing the film in May but over a month before it was released,on November 12,1943. See more »

Quotes

'Scoop' McClure: What kind of corpse do I make, Mr. Egan?
Egan (mortician): Very nice, very nice indeed... considering you have the disavantage of being alive. Now if I was preparing you...
'Scoop' McClure: Never mind. That's one disadvantage I want to keep for a while.
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Referenced in To Tell the Truth: Episode dated 17 March 1959 (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Our Love Will Live
(uncredited)
based on "Piano Concerto No. 1"
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Lyrics by Everett Carter
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Underappreciated Universal Fare
23 July 2000 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

Of all the Universal stars and stock character actors, the one that seems to get lost in the shuffle the most is George Zucco. It is a shame as I can never say I saw him give a bad performance despite the lack of depth in the cinematic vehicle he was appearing in. Zucco is the star of Mad Ghoul and does a wonderful job playing a man obsessed with a pretty singer played by Evelyn Ankers. Zucco works with the fiancee of Ankers, both scientists working on what keeps life after death..in a zombie form at least. Ankers, however, is not quite sure she loves David Bruce still, and is having a relationship with the pianist touring with her, Turhan Bey, who has little to do in his role. Zucco somehow induces Bruce to become a zombie/ghoul at times...thus telling his pretty fiancee things that cool down the relationship so old George can have a crack at her..or so he thinks she might be so inclined toward him(not knowing about Bey of course). The Mad Ghoul is a wonderful film because it has some great scenes and dialogue for George Zucco. Zucco shines as a sinister man with a battle between moral conscience losing to his base desires. The rest of the cast is good(look for Robert Armstrong of King Kong fame), the scenes and graveyard sets in particular are very appropriate. Don't forget the Mad Ghoul when catching up with your list of Universal horror films. It is worth seeing if for no other reason than seeing Zucco in one of his finest performances.


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