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Life Returns (1935)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | 2 January 1935 (USA)
A doctor who has spent his career working on ways to revive the dead sees his chance to prove his theory by performing his procedures on a recently deceased dog.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Onslow Stevens ... Dr. John Kendrick
George P. Breakston ... Danny Kendrick (as George Breakston)
Lois Wilson ... Dr. Louise Stone
Valerie Hobson ... Mrs. Kendrick
Stanley Fields ... Dog Catcher
Frank Reicher ... Dr. James
Richard Carle ... A.K. Arnold
Dean Benton Dean Benton ... Intern
Lois January ... Nurse
Richard Quine ... Mickey
Maidel Turner ... Mrs. Vandergriff
George MacQuarrie ... Judge
Otis Harlan ... Dr. Henderson
Robert E. Cornish Robert E. Cornish ... Himself
Mario Margutti Mario Margutti ... Cornish's Assistant
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Storyline

Idealistic doctoral graduates Bob (Dr. Robert E. Cornish), Louise and John plan their futures in pursuit of a formula to restore life to the dead. Bob and Louise wish to remain independent and pursue medical research free of corporate ties. John tries in vain to convince them that by joining him to work at Arnold Research Laboratories they could achieve more research in a year than they could in five as an independent research team. John leaves his friends for corporate pharmacology only to find the pace of his research is not progressing fast enough nor seems practical enough to suit Mr. Arnold. The final blow comes when he is told to turn his attention to creating a treated pig bristle brush to restore hair and prop up his bosses investments in pig processing. Disillusioned Dr. John Kendrick faces public ridicule as he promotes his theory to his peers and falls into a deep depression that costs him his private medical practice. Five years later the sudden passing of his wife, drives... Written by G. E. Sutton

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The mystery of the man who conquered death!

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Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 January 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'incredibile realtà See more »

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Production Co:

Scienart Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The author, Eugene Frenke (husband of actress Anna Sten), sued Universal for $145,424 claiming that the studio failed to release the picture through normal channels. See more »

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Danny Kendrick: I want my mother! I want my mother!
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What the....?!
4 June 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a truly bizarre little film that really baffled me--so much so that I tried to research a bit about the odd work of Robert E. Cornish and would like to know what made this odd man tick. Apparently in the early 1930s, this odd man was interested in reviving the dead--though the practicality of such work is rather dubious. Apparently he'd hoped to use this technique on humans but why is beyond me. His work, thankfully, was restricted to dogs. First, they'd euthanize a dog. Then using a combination of stimulants, artificial respiration and a teeter-totter-like device, they were able to BRIEFLY revive a couple dogs...who died PERMANENTLY soon after!!! So what possible use is this procedure?! Well, I guess if a person would be euthanized, you MIGHT be to bring him or her back BRIEFLY--and then they'll die! Wow, no wonder this guy never became all that famous! Apparently, the film makers who brought us this film decided to make use of film footage they had of one of Dr. Cornish's dog revivals. BUT, they had to create a story in which to insert this footage. As for the story, it's pretty dull and is great if you like bad 'boy and his dog' films. Ultimately, the film is sunk because this story and the footage really aren't integrated well together. First, the dog in the experiment is NOT the same one they used as an actor in the film. Second, the stuff is pretty cloying and has a crappy low-budget look and feel to it. The overall effect is poor but not bad enough to make it funny or entertaining as kitsch.


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