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Corridors of Blood (1958)

Not Rated | | Crime, Horror, Thriller | 12 May 1963 (USA)
Dr. Thomas Bolton fights for the use of anesthetic in surgery and uses himself as a guinea pig, but soon finds himself addicted.

Director:

Robert Day

Writer:

Jean Scott Rogers (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Boris Karloff ... Dr. Bolton
Betta St. John ... Susan
Christopher Lee ... Resurrection Joe
Finlay Currie ... Supt. Matheson
Adrienne Corri ... Rachel
Francis De Wolff Francis De Wolff ... Black Ben
Francis Matthews ... Jonathan Bolton
Frank Pettingell ... Mr. Blount
Basil Dignam ... Chairman
Marian Spencer Marian Spencer ... Mrs Matheson
Carl Bernard Carl Bernard ... Ned, The Crow
John Gabriel John Gabriel ... Dispenser
Nigel Green ... Insp. Donovan
Yvonne Romain ... Rosa (as Yvonne Warren)
Howard Lang ... Chief Inspector
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In an effort to relieve the suffering of surgery patients, Dr. Thomas Bolton painstakingly develops an opium-based anesthetic, to which he gradually becomes addicted. In order to provide a continual supply of chemicals to continue his experiments and support his addiction, he falls in with a den of murderers who use his signature to sell cadavers to the local hospital. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Crime | Horror | Thriller

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Trivia

Robert Raglan, who plays the role of a police officer, is listed in the closing credits as "Wilkes", but is clearly referred to by Inspector Donovan (Nigel Green) as "Thompson". See more »

Goofs

The light used on Lee's entrance varies from shot to shot. See more »

Quotes

Mr Blount: A good day's work, Bolton! You're getting faster all the time. Beats me how you do it!
Dr. Bolton: [Bitterly] No matter how fast I still can't save them!
Mr Blount: Yes, most distresing, but, alas, inevitably you can't have operations without screams. Pain and the knife, they're inseparable!
Dr. Bolton: I beg to differ. Someday surgery must and will be made painless.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: LONDON 1840

Before the discovery of Anaesthesia See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to reduce shots of Rosa being caressed by Joe and to remove a brief shot of Joe's face scarred with acid. These edits were restored in video releases though the 2006 DD Entertainment DVD features the cut cinema print. In the U.S however the film was cut differently. The 'ravishing' of Rosa was left intact but 3 cuts were made to the stabbings of Bolton and the night watchman, and the surgical cutting of a patient's leg. The U.S Criterion DVD features the U.S cinema print though the cut scenes are presented as extra features on the disc. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Corridor Gossip (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Luverly Gin
(uncredited)
Music by Buxton Orr
Lyrics by Francis O'Grady
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Not Horror but more a Good Story.
26 August 2012 | by drumax-759-417828See all my reviews

Karloff is great in this tale of a compassionate surgeon who is looking to relieve the pain and suffering that he inflicts through his life-saving surgery. In the process of developing an anesthetic, he becomes addicted to his formula and is used as a pawn of criminals.

This is not a horror film at all but a good story about the historical problems facing surgery before anesthetic. There are murders for profit, there is the suggestion of painful bloody surgery but they do not really show it. There are no real disturbing scenes. This movie was billed as horror but most horror fans would probably object to this classification. It is, however, a good solid movie about a very real problem, surgery before anesthetic and a man who looked to find the secret to painless surgery.

If you are looking for a horror movie, you wont find it here...but you will find a pretty good movie with the bonus of Christopher Lee as a ruthless criminal killer called Resurrection Joe.


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Language:

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Release Date:

12 May 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Corredores de Sangue See more »

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Budget:

GBP90,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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