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The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959)

Approved | | Drama , Horror , Sci-Fi | June 1959 (USA)
A centenarian artist and scientist in 1890 Paris maintains his youth and health by periodically replacing a gland with that of a living person.

Director:

Terence Fisher

Writers:

Jimmy Sangster (screenplay), Barré Lyndon (play) (as Barre Lyndon)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anton Diffring ... Dr. Georges Bonnet
Hazel Court ... Janine Du Bois
Christopher Lee ... Dr. Pierre Gerrard
Arnold Marlé Arnold Marlé ... Dr. Ludwig Weiss (as Arnold Marle)
Delphi Lawrence Delphi Lawrence ... Margo Philippe
Francis De Wolff Francis De Wolff ... Inspector Legris
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Storyline

A remake of "The Man in Half Moon Street" (1945) (qv.). Dr. Bonner plans to live forever through periodic gland transplants from younger, healthier human victims. Bonner looks about 40; he's really 104 years old. But people are starting to get suspicious, and he may not make 200. Written by Mike Rogers <MICHAELPEM@aol.com>

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BEHIND THIS FACE...a Terrifying Secret! See more »

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Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den Tod überlistet See more »

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Budget:

£84,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Hazel Court played the Anton Diffring sculpting scene totally nude in the European version, not so in the British and U.S. versions. See more »

Goofs

The prostitute says to George to watch out for the 'dust bins' in the dark alley. The term is common to England but not France. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Ludwig Weiss: What is death that it should be feared so much?
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Alternate Versions

Cut by the BBFC for its original cinema release and the cuts have persisted into all subsequent releases. The cuts were: . a famous shot of Hazel Court's breast as she briefly unfurls a wrap during a modeling session. Apparently shot for a continental version which may have been located in France but it hasn't made it to any DVD releases yet. It is also reported that Hammer Films retains a copy with the nude scene. . cuts to the climatic disintegration of Anton Diffring. See more »

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Decent outing from Hammer films
18 December 2004 | by natewatsonSee all my reviews

Terence Fisher, Jimmy Sangster and Christopher Lee teamed up yet again in this Hammer Films outing. This was a remake of the 1945 movie "The Man in Half Moon Street" and has absolutely nothing to do with "The Picture of Dorian Gray". Hazel Court is also on hand once again. She actually did a topless scene available in much of Europe but was cut from the US and UK prints. Anton Diffring is not at his most effective in this film. This is really only for devotees of Hammer and Christopher Lee - who has a new generation of fans thanks to Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings Trilogy and George Lucas' last 2 Star Wars films.


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