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The Abominable Dr. Phibes ()


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A doctor, scientist, organist, and biblical scholar, Anton Phibes, seeks revenge on the nine doctors he considers responsible for his wife's death.

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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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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 ...
Butler - Ross
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Laboratory Assistant (scenesDeleted)
Ron Gregory ...
Policeman Guarding Nurse Allen's Door (uncredited)
George Hilsdon ...
Police Photographer (uncredited)
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Gentlemens Club Member, Calling For Quiet (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

Music by

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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

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Trevor Crole-Rees ... makeup artist
Bernadette Ibbetson ... hairdresser

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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)
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
Dennis Whitlock ... sound recordist

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George Blackwell ... special effects

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

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Elsa Fennell ... wardrobe

Music Department

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Basil Kirchin ... music arranger
Jack Nathan ... music arranger / music associate

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Samuel Z. Arkoff ... presenter
Gladys Goldsmith ... continuity
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 Dr. Phibes (France)
  • El abominable Dr. Phibes (Spain)
  • L'abominable Doctor Phibes (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Das Schreckenscabinett des Dr. Phibes (West Germany)
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Runtime
  • 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 Virginia North smiles broadly as she dances with Vincent Price. Her face is concealed most of the time, but if you look closely, you can see her face for a moment, and she is clearly trying not to laugh at Vincent Price's deliberately camp performance. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972). See more »
Soundtracks What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry? See more »
Crazy Credits Phibes is heard laughing after the song and the credits end. See more »
Quotes Dr. Phibes: I will have killed nine times in my life, Dr. Vesalius. How many murders can be attributed to you?
Dr. Vesalius: None! I did not kill your wife!
Dr. Phibes: No?
Dr. Vesalius: I tried to save her.
Dr. Phibes: With a knife in your hands? Doctor, I have no faith in your profession! I was told, after my crash, that I would never speak again. The doctors were, of course, wrong, for as you see and can hear, I have used my knowledge of music and acoustics to re-create my voice!
Dr. Vesalius: You don't have to remind me of your ingenuity, Dr. Phibes. WHERE... WHERE IS MY SON?
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