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The Man with Nine Lives (1940)

Approved | | Mystery, Sci-Fi | 18 April 1940 (USA)
A medical researcher visits the deserted home of a pioneer in cryogenic science who disappeared 10 years earlier and finds him frozen in ice but still alive.

Director:

Nick Grinde (as Nick Grindé)

Writers:

Karl Brown (screen play), Harold Shumate (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... Dr. Leon Kravaal
Roger Pryor ... Dr. Tim Mason
Jo Ann Sayers ... Judith Blair
Stanley Brown ... Bob Adams
John Dilson ... John Hawthorne
Hal Taliaferro ... Sheriff Stanton
Byron Foulger ... Dr. Bassett
Charles Trowbridge ... Dr. Harvey
Ernie Adams ... Pete Daggett
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Storyline

Dr. Leon Kravaal develops a potential cure for cancer, which involves freezing the patient. But an experiment goes awry when authorities believe Kravaal has killed a patient. Kravaal freezes the officials, along with himself. Years later, they are discovered and revived in hopes that Kravaal can indeed complete his cure. But human greed and weakness compound to disrupt the project. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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WHY SHOULDN'T I KILL YOU...IF IT WILL HELP MILLIONS TO LIVE? (release poster-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La isla de los resucitados See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Shooting began February 16, 1940, released April 18. See more »

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In an early scene, the calendar date of "Saturday, March 16" is prominently displayed on Dr. Kravaal's wall. This is the actual 1940 calendar date, the year when the movie was filmed. However, later when the doctor and others are revived from a frozen sleep, they are informed that they have been frozen for ten years and that the year is now 1940. If that is the case, then the original calendar page on Dr. Kravaal's wall should have read "Saturday, March 15" which was the correct date in 1930. See more »

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[first lines]
opening title card scroll: Added to the many miracles performed by modern science that have accounted for the saving of thousands upon thousands of human beings, comes its newest and most modern discovery - frozen therapy. ¶Estimates of how long frozen therapy can produce a state of suspended animation range from days to years. But on the fact that disease can be arrested - that life can be prolonged, by freezing human beings in ice, the medical world agrees. ¶In research hospitals today, men and women are ...
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A Hard-to-Find Gem That's Worth Seeking Out
28 March 2005 | by CarPort1See all my reviews

This little known gem from 1940 is impressive for a few reasons: first, it stands head and shoulders above most of the B movies of the era, largely due to a good script and a great performance from Boris Karloff. Also, while made in the midst of the Universal horror period, it demonstrates some of the best elements of that genre, however it also pre-figures the oncoming decade of sci-fi flicks of the 50s, but with a more intelligent, and mysterious, plot than most of the B sci-fi films that followed. It also incorporates some noir elements such as shadowy images, gun play, etc. The Man with Nine Lives is also known under the alternative title Behind the Door (which is actually more accurate).


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