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The Walking Dead (1936)

Approved | | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi | 14 March 1936 (USA)
After hapless pianist and ex-con John Elman is framed for murder, he is resurrected by a scientist after his execution.

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Michael Curtiz

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Ewart Adamson (screen play), Peter Milne (screen play) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Boris Karloff ... John Ellman
Ricardo Cortez ... Nolan
Edmund Gwenn ... Dr. Evan Beaumont
Marguerite Churchill ... Nancy
Warren Hull ... Jimmy
Barton MacLane ... Loder
Henry O'Neill ... District Attorney Werner
Joe King ... Judge Roger Shaw (as Joseph King)
Addison Richards ... Prison Warden
Paul Harvey ... Blackstone
Robert Strange ... Merritt
Joe Sawyer ... Trigger Smith (as Joseph Sawyer)
Eddie Acuff ... Betcha
Kenneth Harlan ... Stephen Martin
Miki Morita Miki Morita ... Sako
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A gang of racketeers frames down-on-his-luck John Ellman for murder. After a trial finds him guilty, evidence is brought forth proving his innocence, but it is too late and he is executed anyway. A doctor sees an opportunity to use an experimental procedure to restore him to life but is that entirely possible? Desirable? Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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THE BODY OF A GIANT! THE MIND OF A FIEND! RETURNED FROM THE DEAD TO WREAK VENGEANCE UPON HIS PERSECUTORS!! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Crime | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den døde vender tilbage See more »

Filming Locations:

Inglewood, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$217,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The $500,000 John Ellman wins in his lawsuit against the state would be the equivalent of over $8,550,000 in 2015. See more »

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Boris Karloff's character is named John Ellman in closeups of teletype and newspaper material, but misspelled John Elman in the credits. See more »

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Dr. Evan Beaumont: All I know is that for a short time the spirit of life left his body. Now, what happened during that transition? What effect did the experience of death have on his subconscious mind. Can he remember?
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Dr. Evan Beaumont: ...and beyond the province of science too, but it's a challenge, and somewhere, I think, we'll find the key to all this.
District Attorney Werner: If you do, I hope you'll let me know.
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Minor Horror Masterpiece
26 October 1999 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

Dispersed throughout the Universal reign of horror in the thirties came several remarkably well-made MGM and Warner Brother horror films. The Walking Dead is one such film produced by Warner Bros. that mixes their predominant genre of expertise, the gangster film, with the horror film. You might say in a way that it is a blend of reality and the supernatural. This film has stood the test of time well, and is a nice, taut story of a man wrongly accused of a crime, miraculously brought back to life, and eventually seeking vindication and justice from those that did him wrong. Karloff is a masterful lead in that he is able to frighten us and exact from us a tremendous amount of pity and understanding. In point of fact, his characterization of Ellman is one of his most powerful and sympathetic, a true tragic hero toyed with by crime bosses and a corrupt lawyer. Most of the acting beyond Karloff is rather pedestrian, with Edmund Gwenn turning in a nice portrayal of a questioning scientist and Ricardo Cortez wonderfully playing the stereotypical slimy lawyer. Curtiz does a good job of direction and lighting and shading are used to almost perfect results. A must see for the classic horror buff!


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