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The Abominable Dr. Phibes ()


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Doctor, scientist, organist, and biblical scholar Anton Phibes seeks revenge on the nine doctors he considers responsible for the death of his wife.

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Dr. Anton Phibes
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Dr. Vesalius
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Vulnavia
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Dr. Longstreet
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Lem Vesalius
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Nurse Allen
David Hutcheson ...
Dr. Hedgepath
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Dr. Dunwoody
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Dr. Hargreaves
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Dr. Kitaj
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Dr. Whitcombe
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Detective Inspector Trout
Derek Godfrey ...
Crow
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Sgt. Tom Schenley
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Superintendent Waverley
Alan Zipson ...
1st Police Official
Dallas Adams ...
2nd Police Official
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Sergeant
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1st Policeman
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2nd Policeman
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3rd Policeman
Julian Grant ...
4th Policeman
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Rabbi
Aubrey Woods ...
Goldsmith
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Darrow
Barbara Keogh ...
Mrs. Frawley
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Chauffeur
John Franklyn ...
Graveyard Attendant
Walter Horsbrugh ...
Ross the Butler
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Laboratory Assistant (scenesDeleted)
Ron Gregory ...
Policeman Guarding Nurse Allen's Door (uncredited)
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Police Photographer (uncredited)
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Gentlemens Club Member Calling For Quiet (uncredited)
Julie Mendez ...
Belly Dancer on Movie Screen (uncredited)
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Victoria Regina Phibes (uncredited)
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Morgan (uncredited)
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Porter (uncredited)
Tommy Windward ...
Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by

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Robert Fuest

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James Whiton ... (written by) &
William Goldstein ... (written by)

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Samuel Z. Arkoff ... executive producer
Ronald Dunas ... producer (as Ronald S. Dunas)
Louis M. Heyward ... producer
James H. Nicholson ... executive producer

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Basil Kirchin

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Norman Warwick ... director of photography

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Tristam Cones

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Sally Nicholl

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Bernard Reeves ... (uncredited)

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Trevor Crole-Rees ... makeup artist
Bernadette Ibbetson ... hairdresser
Colin Arthur ... assistant make-up (uncredited)

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Richard F. Dalton ... production manager (as Richard Dalton)

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Frank Ernst ... assistant director
Gary White ... third assistant director (uncredited)

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Chris Burke ... assistant art director (as Christopher Burke)
George Dean ... painter
Brian Eatwell ... set designer
George Gunning ... construction manager
Rex Hobbs ... property master
Michael Finlay ... painter (uncredited)

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Peter Lennard ... dubbing editor
A.W. Lumkin ... recording director
Ken Nightingall ... sound assistant (as Ken Nightngale)
Dennis Whitlock ... sound recordist

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George Blackwell ... special effects

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Steve Birtles ... supervisory electrician
Steve Claydon ... camera assistant
Godfrey A. Godar ... camera operator (as Godfrey Godar)
John Jay ... still photographer

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Elsa Fennell ... wardrobe

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Basil Kirchin ... music arranger
Jack Nathan ... music arranger: in association with / music associate

Script and Continuity Department

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Gladys Goldsmith ... continuity

Additional Crew

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Samuel Z. Arkoff ... presenter
James H. Nicholson ... presenter
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Plot Summary

Doctors are being murdered in bizarre manners - bats, bees, a killer frog mask, etc. - which represent the nine Biblical plagues of Egypt. The crimes are orchestrated by an organ-playing, demented madman (from his home base, replete with a clockwork orchestra and help from a beautiful, mute assistant). Detectives are stumped until they find that all the slain doctors once assisted a Dr. Vesalius on an unsuccessful operation involving the wife of organist Dr. Phibes, killed in a car crash upon learning of his wife's death. He couldn't be the culprit, could he? Written by Ed Sutton

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Taglines HE CAME BACK FROM THE DEAD FOR REVENGE with Nine Diabolical Curses ... BEES ... BATS ... BEASTS ... BLOOD ... FROGS ... HAIL ... LOCUSTS ... DARKNESS ... DEATH! THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES ... the most terrifying film you will ever see! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Dr. Phibes (United States)
  • L'Abominable Docteur Phibes (France)
  • L'Abominable Dr. Phibes (France)
  • Das Schreckenskabinett des Dr. Phibes (Germany)
  • El abominable Dr. Phibes (Spain)
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  • 94 min
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Budget GBP300,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Joseph Cotten would grumble on the set that he had to remember and deliver lines, while Vincent Price's were all to be post-dubbed. Price responded, "Yes, but I still know them, Joe." In fact, Price was well-known in Hollywood for his ability to memorize all of the characters' lines in a given production, not just his own. See more »
Goofs The amount of bats that kill Dr Dunwoody could never have come from the small cage that was lowered into his bedroom. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972). See more »
Soundtracks What Can I Say Dear After I Say I'm Sorry See more »
Crazy Credits The cast list is divided into five sections: 'The Protagonists', 'The Girl', 'The Victims', 'The Law' and 'Interested Parties'. See more »
Quotes Waverley: A brass unicorn has been catapulted across a London street and impaled an eminent surgeon. Words fail me, gentlemen.
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