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The Black Sleep (1956)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | June 1956 (USA)
Sir Joel Cadman, a mad scientist, kidnaps his victims and cuts open their brains in an effort to discover a means to cure his wife's brain tumor.

Director:

Reginald Le Borg (as Reginald LeBorg)

Writers:

Gerald Drayson Adams (story), John C. Higgins (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Basil Rathbone ... Sir Joel Cadman
Akim Tamiroff ... Odo
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Mungo (as Lon Chaney)
John Carradine ... Borg aka Bohemond
Bela Lugosi ... Casimir
Herbert Rudley ... Dr. Gordon Angus Ramsay
Patricia Blair ... Laurie Monroe (as Patricia Blake)
Phyllis Stanley ... Daphne
Tor Johnson ... Curry
Sally Yarnell Sally Yarnell ... Nancy--Female Monster
George Sawaya George Sawaya ... K6 - Sailor
Claire Carleton ... Carmona Daly
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Storyline

England, 1872. The night before he is to be hanged for a murder he did not commit, young Dr. Gordon Ramsey is visited in his cell by his old mentor, eminent surgeon Sir Joel Cadmund. Cadmund offers to see that Ramsey gets a proper burial and gives him a sleeping powder to get him through the night, which Ramsey takes, unaware it is really an East Indian drug, "nind andhera" ("the black sleep"), which induces a deathlike state of anesthesia. Pronounced dead in his cell, he is turned over to Cadmund, who promptly revives him and takes him to his home in a remote abbey. Cadmund explains he believes Ramsey is innocent and needs his talents to help him in an project, which he is reluctant to immediately discuss further. In fact, Cadmund's wife lies in a coma from a deep-seated brain tumor, and he is attempting to find a safe surgical route to its site by experimenting on the brains of others, whom Ramsey comes to learn are alive during the process, anesthetized by the "black sleep", and ... Written by Rich Wannen <RichWannen@worldnet.att.net>

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Taglines:

Rising from the depths of a black hell! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Cadman's Secret See more »

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Budget:

$225,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Bel-Air Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Shot February 9-23 1956, and the last completed film project of actor Bela Lugosi. See more »

Goofs

When the evil doctor's last victim is uncovered, her facial muscles react visibly just before they pronounce her dead. See more »

Quotes

Sir Joel Cadman: Rome wasn't built in a day, so it must have been built in the night.
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Featured in Svengoolie: The Black Sleep (1995) See more »

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"In the interests of science, Doctor, anything -- ANYTHING -- is justified."
24 June 2016 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Entertaining mad scientist flick directed by Reginald Le Borg, notable for its cast of horror vets. Basil Rathbone plays the lead character, a surgeon whose beautiful young wife is suffering from a brain tumor. To save her he will need to operate but first he wants to get plenty of practice in on the unsuspecting locals. Rathbone's assistant, played by Herbert Rudley, has some objections. Bela Lugosi (not looking well) plays a mute servant in his last completed film role. A waste of his talents but at least this movie isn't as bad as his Ed Wood dreck. Lon Chaney, Jr. plays a lunatic brute, as he often did late in his career. Just like Bela, he has no lines. Also appearing are John Carradine, Akim Tamiroff, Tor Johnson, and Patricia Blair. No one in this has a good part except for Rathbone and Rudley. Still, it's a good B movie of the kind that was so prominent in the '30s and '40s but had died out by this point. Too bad they couldn't get Boris Karloff, though.


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