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Corridors of Blood (1958)

Not Rated | | Crime, Horror, Thriller | 4 October 1962 (UK)
Dr. Thomas Bolton fights for the use of anesthetic in surgery and uses himself as a guinea pig, but soon finds himself addicted.

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Robert Day

Writer:

Jean Scott Rogers (screenplay)
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Tops in Terror!

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Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1962 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Corredores de Sangue See more »

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Budget:

£90,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The cast presented Boris Karloff with a signed broom when the production wrapped. See more »

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Although the opening credits set the movie in 1840, Dr Bolton uses a Bunsen Burner in his laboratory, not invented until 1854-5. See more »

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Hospital chairman: Mr. Bolton, the committee have decided against holding ant further demonstrations
Dr. Bolton: Well, Charles, you've lost faith with me too?
Hospital chairman: The decision's for your own good.
Dr. Bolton: You can't stop me. Operations without pain are possible, and I'll not rest until I've proved it to you!
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Opening credits prologue: LONDON 1840

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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 »

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Wonderful Performance by Karloff
5 February 2005 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

Corridors of Blood (1962) is the story of a doctor trying to discover the secret of painless surgery. While less a horror film and more a study of the decline in an individual caused by drug addiction, it does have several creepy and frightening moments. Some of the surgery sequences are gruesome. And, any film with both Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee has got to have its share of horror moments.

The basic story - Karloff plays the doctor. He experiments on himself with the gas he is developing to be used in surgery. He becomes addicted to the narcotics he is using. Soon, he is unable to function and is released from his position as a surgeon. He meets up with a couple of baddies played by Lee and Francis De Wolff who agree to help him get the drugs he needs. All Karloff has to do is sign some blank death certificates. Revealing anymore of the story would be too much.

Karloff is terrific as the doctor. You can feel his anguish and pain as he realizes what the drugs have done to him. But, you can also see the underlying need he has for the gas. Lee is so incredibly ruthless. His character (Resurrection Joe) kills with no remorse or qualms. This is one character I would have liked to see more of in other films. Also present is an excellent supporting cast lead by De Wolff and Nigel Green.

Corridors of Blood excels at atmosphere. Even with the small budget, the director (Robert Day) is able to portray the seediness and depravity of the Seven Dials area. Perfect! Not a great film, Corridors of Blood is, however, good and very watchable. Karloff's performance alone is reason enough to see this film.


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