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The Climax (1944)

Unrated | | Horror, Music, Thriller | 20 October 1944 (USA)
A demented physician becomes obsessed with a young singer whose voice sounds similar to his late mistress.

Director:

George Waggner

Writers:

Curt Siodmak (screenplay), Lynn Starling (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... Dr. Friedrich Hohner
Susanna Foster ... Angela Klatt
Turhan Bey ... Franz Munzer
Gale Sondergaard ... Luise
Thomas Gomez ... Count Seebruck
June Vincent ... Marcellina
George Dolenz ... Amato Roselli
Ludwig Stössel ... Carl Baumann
Jane Farrar ... Jarmila Vadek
Ernö Verebes ... Brunn (as Erno Verebes)
Lotte Stein ... Mama Hinzl
Scotty Beckett ... The King
William Edmunds William Edmunds ... Leon - theater concierge
Maxwell Hayes Maxwell Hayes ... Count Romburg - King's aide
Dorothy Lawrence Dorothy Lawrence ... Miss Metzger
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Storyline

Dr. Hohner (Karloff), theatre physician at the Vienna Royal Theatre, murders his mistress, the star soprano when his jealousy drives him to the point of mad obsession. Ten years later, another young singer (Foster) reminds Hohner of the late diva, and his old mania kicks in. Hohner wants to prevent her from singing for anyone but him, even if it means silencing her forever. The singer's fiancée (Bey) rushes to save her in the film's climax. Written by Stephen Cooke <am082@ccn.cs.dal.ca>

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Taglines:

Greater than "The PHANTOM of the OPERA" See more »

Genres:

Horror | Music | Thriller

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El ruiseñor y el cuervo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the original trailer Susanna Foster, the star of Phantom of the Opera (1943), was given top billing. In the film itself, Boris Karloff is given top billing. See more »

Goofs

In the rehearsal sequence in which Angela loses her voice at the sight of Dr. Hohner, she closes her mouth a split second before the playback of her voice stops. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Hohner: You don't want to ruin that voice, do you? It isn't yours, remember? Now tell me, whose voice is it?... Tell me!
Angela: Marcellina's!
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Connections

Version of The Climax (1930) See more »

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Three Marches Militaires
(opus 51)
Composed by Franz Schubert
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Technicolor can't do everything for a film!!
3 September 2000 | by SkippyDevereauxSee all my reviews

From the opening music to the final scene, this has got to be one of the most beautiful horror films ever made. Unfortunately, as I said before, technicolor can't do everything for a film. While it is visually stunning in every way, it lacks a credible storyline, and that is what drags the film down. I guess one shouldn't call it a horror film, rather it might a psychological type film, as there is only one murder( and a rather mild one at that). I thought that the opera singing was a bit too much, but what did I expect when the film is about an opera singer!! But I found it to be just like "The Shadow", they are beautiful to look at, but there isn't anything else for the film to succeed.


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