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The Return of Doctor X (1939)

Approved | | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 2 December 1939 (USA)
A hotshot reporter and a young doctor team up to investigate a series of grisly murders and a mysterious sample of synthetic blood.

Director:

Vincent Sherman

Writers:

Lee Katz (screen play), William J. Makin (from a story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Humphrey Bogart ... Marshall Quesne
Rosemary Lane ... Joan Vance
Wayne Morris ... Walter Garrett
Dennis Morgan ... Michael Rhodes
John Litel ... Dr. Francis Flegg
Lya Lys ... Angela Merrova
Huntz Hall ... Pinky
Charles C. Wilson ... Detective Roy Kincaid (as Charles Wilson)
Vera Lewis ... Miss Sweetman
Howard Hickman ... Chairman (scenes deleted)
Olin Howland ... Undertaker
Arthur Aylesworth ... Guide (scenes deleted)
Cliff Saum Cliff Saum ... Detective Sgt. Moran
Creighton Hale ... Hotel Manager
John Ridgely ... Rodgers
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Storyline

New York newspaper reporter Walter Barnett finds himself out of a job after he claims to have found actress Angela Merrova dead in her apartment - only the next day she showed up alive and threatened to sue the paper. Determined to investigate he discovers her involvement with a strange doctor who is an expert on human blood. Barnett then finds a connection to a series of gruesome murders where the victims were all found drained of blood. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD...TO HAUNT THE LIVING!!! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Return of Dr. X See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Various sources have reported Humphrey Bogart reacting with anger when asked to make the film. He was alleged to have stormed into Jack Warner's office, thrown his script across his desk and demand more money for making such rubbish. See more »

Goofs

When Wayne Morris discovers the murdered woman the telephone is on the floor with the handset off the cradle. In the next scene he picks up the same telephone to call the police. It is now on the table instead of the floor. See more »

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Dr. Francis Flegg: Interesting stuff, blood.
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Viewed Out of Bogart's Contextual Career…Pretty Good Horror
22 July 2015 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

Fans of Bogey like to Scoff at this "Miscasting" and Bogart would Demean and Destroy this Movie at the Drop of a Hat, but...Bogart shows Range and Style and is as Creepy as They Come.

Playing a Resurrected Mad Scientist with a Blood Craving Disease He manages to Steal the Movie. Not that Hard considering it is not really a Return or Sequel, the Dated Comedy elements Threaten to Sink the Thing from the start, and this Short LIttle B-Picture was not really Warner Brothers Forte.

It's a genuine Horror Film nonetheless with enough Lurid and Scary elements to Sustain the Shortcomings. Although Bogart makes it His Film, some others also Impress. John Litel as the Serious Scientist trying to Find a Cure for Diseased Blood and Lya Lys as an Actress falling Victim to the Madness shines in few Brief Scenes.

Can be Appreciated Out of Context for Humphrey Bogart's Iconic Career and the Comedy inclusions Ignored, This is a Pretty Good Entry in Thirties Horror.


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