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When his friend Professor Kingsely is at deaths door, brain surgeon Dr. Sovac saves his life by means of an illegal operation that transplants part of injured gangster Red Cannon's brain. Unfortunately, the operation has a disastrous Jeckll and Hyde side effect and under certain conditions the persona of Cannon emerges. Sovac soon learns of the duel personality and of half a million dollars the gangster has hidden away. He attempts to find the money through the manipulation of his friend, an attempt that brings Kingsley closer to madness as he alternates between a meek professor of English and a brutal gangster out for murderous revenge on those who tried to kill him.
A Reign Of HORROR... a man-made monster on the loose!
Also Known As:
Friday the Thirteenth
Title: Black Friday
Release Date: February 29, 1940
Runtime: 70 mins
All Genres: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Crime
Colors: Black and White
IMDB Rating: 6.3
Buried.com Rating: 7.3 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With B
MPAA Rating: Approved
Boris Karloff ...Dr. Ernest Sovac
Bela Lugosi ...Eric Marnay
Stanley Ridges ...Prof. George Kingsley / Red Cannon
Anne Nagel ...Sunny Rogers
Anne Gwynne ...Jean Sovac
Virginia Brissac ...Mrs. Margaret Kingsley
Edmund MacDonald ...Frank Miller
Paul Fix ...William Kane
Murray Alper ...Bellhop
Jack Mulhall ...Bartender
Joe King ...Police Chief
John Kelly ...Taxi Driver
Jessie Arnold ...Nurse
Raymond Bailey ...Louis Devore
Elfriede Borodin ...Second Nurse
Tommy Conlon ...Student
Franco Corsaro ...Club Maitre d'
James Craig ...Reporter To Whom Ernst Gives His Notes
Kernan Cripps ...Detective
Eddie Dunn ...Det. Farnow
Edward Earle ...Detective
Harry Hayden ...Prison Doctor
Frank Jaquet ...Fat Man in Bar
Ellen Lowe ...Maid, Midtown Hotel
Jerry Marlowe ...Desk Clerk, Midtown Hotel
David Oliver ...Cab Driver
Wallace Reid Jr. ...Student
William Ruhl ...G-Man
Frank Sheridan ...Prison Chaplain
Edwin Stanley ...Dr. Warner, at Hospital
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Edmund L. Hartmann
Hans J. Salter
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- A Reign Of HORROR... a man-made monster on the loose!
- Bela Lugosi was originally cast as Dr. Sovac and Boris Karloff as Kingsley/Cannon, but Karloff's interpretation of the gangster was unconvincing and he was replaced by Stanley Ridges. Karloff instead got the role as Dr. Sovac and Lugosi got a minor role, although his second billing remained. (Bojarski, "The Films of Bela Lugosi", 1980)
The only one of the eight films featuring Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi in which the two stars have no scenes together.
Originally budgeted at $130,750.
According to contemporary publicity reports, Bela Lugosi was put under hypnosis by technical advisor Manley P. Hall to make his death scene more realistic and harrowing.
Despite problems with Boris Karloff, who steadfastly insisted that the studio comply with the union-mandated eight-hour day (a rule largely ignored, except when a major star demanded compliance), director Arthur Lubin was able to bring the picture in on schedule and $5,000 under budget.
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