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The Mad Ghoul (1943)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 12 November 1943 (USA)
A university chemistry professor experiments with an ancient Mayan gas on a medical student, turning the would-be surgeon into a murdering ghoul.

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James P. Hogan (as James Hogan)

Writers:

Brenda Weisberg (screenplay), Paul Gangelin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
David Bruce ... Ted Allison
Evelyn Ankers ... Isabel Lewis
George Zucco ... Dr. Alfred Morris
Robert Armstrong ... Ken McClure
Turhan Bey ... Eric Iverson
Milburn Stone ... Macklin
Andrew Tombes ... Eagan
Rose Hobart ... Della
Addison Richards ... Gavigan
Charles McGraw ... Garrity
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Dr. Alfred Morris, a university chemistry professor, rediscovers an ancient Mayan formula for a gas which turns men into pliant, obedient, zombie-like ghouls. After medical student Ted Allison becomes a guinea pig for Morris, the professor imagines that Allison's fiancee, beautiful concert singer Isabel Lewis, wants to break off the engagement because she prefers the professor as a more "mature" lover but in reality loves Eric Iverson, her accompanist. In order to bring Ted back from his trance-like states, Morris commands him to perform a cardiectomy on recently deceased or living bodies in order to use serum from their hearts as a temporary antidote. When the serial murders seem to coincide with Isabel's touring schedule, ace reporter "Scoop" McClure gets on the mad scientist's trail. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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A NEW SENSATION IN HORROR! (original poster-all caps)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mystery of the Ghoul See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the only "Universal" horror film that touched upon the subject of Zombies. See more »

Quotes

Ted Allison: I can't help feeling a sense of evil in all this.
Dr. Alfred Morris: Moral concepts? I'm a scientist. To me there is no good or evil, only true or false. Work with one; discard the other.
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Soundtracks

Our Love Will Live
(uncredited)
based on "Piano Concerto No. 1"
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Lyrics by Everett Carter
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A Weak Link in the Universal Horror Chain
11 October 2000 | by mord39See all my reviews

MORD39 RATING: *1/2 out of ****

Even in a magically sentimental series such as the Universal Monsters there is bound to be a clunker now and then. THE MAD GHOUL is one of the least effective entries out of the 1940's for the horror studio.

George Zucco is usually reliable as a ruthless madman, but he doesn't seem sufficiently menacing this time around. He subjects a student of his to a poisonous gas and turns the unsuspecting victim into a zombie-like...well, ghoul. But the events that transpire come off as flat and dull and not as interesting as they should be.

Evelyn Ankers, Universal's Scream Queen of the 1940's, is cast as a singer here. The musical segments with her crooning really begin to grate on the nerves after awhile and add boredom to an already limp movie.

Turhan Bey is wasted as a love interest with nothing to do but look dashing.

There are quite a few enjoyable horrors from 1943 in the Universal stable (FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLFMAN and SON OF DRACULA for example) but THE MAD GHOUL is not one of them.


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