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The Miracle Man (1932)

A gang of crooks evade the police by moving their operations to a small town. There the gang's leader, John Madison, encounters a faith healer and uses him to scam the gullible public of ... See full summary »


Norman Z. McLeod (as Norman McLeod)


George M. Cohan (play), Robert Hobart Davis (novel) (as Robert H. Davis) | 4 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Sylvia Sidney ... Helen Smith aka Helen Vail
Chester Morris ... John 'Doc' Madison
Robert Coogan ... Bobbie Holmes
John Wray ... The Frog
Ned Sparks ... Harry Evans (as Ned A. Sparks)
Hobart Bosworth ... The Patriarch
Lloyd Hughes ... Robert Thornton
Virginia Bruce ... Margaret Thornton
Boris Karloff ... Nikko
Irving Pichel ... Henry Holmes
Frank Darien Frank Darien ... Hiram Higgins
Florine McKinney ... Betty Higgins


A gang of crooks evade the police by moving their operations to a small town. There the gang's leader, John Madison, encounters a faith healer and uses him to scam the gullible public of funds for a supposed chapel. But when a real healing takes place, a change comes over the gang. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The picture that swept the world - now an all-new, all-talking masterpiece! With a master cast! Sylvia Sidney, wistful, appealing dramatic diamond! Chester Morris, dynamic in the role that skyrocketed Thomas Meighan to fame! And Irving Pichel, John Wray, Robert Coogan, Hobart Bosworth! Will you rave about it? Naturally! It's a Paramount Picture, "best show in town!" See more »




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Release Date:

1 April 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spiel am Abgrund See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original Broadway production of "The Miracle Man" By George M. Cohan opened at the Astor Theater on September 21, 1914 and ran for 97 performances. See more »


Remake of The Miracle Man (1919) See more »

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Terrifically cynical...but the ending undoes all that great cynicism.
27 January 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Miracle Man" is a great film....up until the very disappointing and hard to believe ending. It's a real shame, as it was quite compelling up until then.

When the story begins, you see that John 'Doc' Madison (Chester Morris) is the leader of a gang of grifters who steal folks blind. However, after he gets in a fight with Nikko (Boris Karloff), he nearly kills him...and takes it on the lam. He eventually finds himself in a strange small town. Strange because there is no doctor and folks go to a local faith healer, 'The Patriarch', for healing. John gets the idea to exploit this and use it to make a big killing...so he contacts the gang and has them meet him there. However, over time, several gang members come to believe in the power of The Patriarch...and John is having a hard time getting this big score. What's next? Well....it's pretty disappointing!

There are two things I didn't like about the film. The first was minor...Karloff's accent seemed weird. The second one, however, was HUGE....after such a wonderful setup, the ending is a real wimp out...and left me very disappointed. It's a shame, as up until then it was great!

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