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Doctor X (1932)
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Doctor X (1932) The New york newspapers have dubbed him "The Moon Killer." He stalks the streets at night, strangling and cannibalizing men and women, young and old. There have been six victims so far, and the police believe that a scientist at the Academy of Surgical Research is responsible. Is it Dr. Wells, with the missing left hand, who studied cannibals in Africa? Is it Dr. Haines, who looks at erotic magazines and once may have cannibalized a fellow while adrift at sea? Is it Dr. Rowitz, who analyzes moon rays and writes poetry? Is it Dr. Duke, an obstreperous paralytic? Or is it Dr. Xavier, a.k.a. Dr. X, who runs the academy? Dr. X's young and lovely daughter will be instrumental in solving the crime, as will the hysterical maid and the sinister butler. Our trip through this morbid tale is guided by the wisecracking reporter who will find himself toe-tagged, gassed, tossed around and generally manhandled before the mystery is solved.

Movie Tagline:
Out-Thrills Them All!

Title: Doctor X
Release Date: August 03, 1932
Runtime: 76 mins
Genre: Horror
All Genres: Horror, Thriller
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Color
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 6.5
Buried.com Rating: 7.5 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With D

MPAA Rating: Unrated

Michael Curtiz

Lionel Atwill ...Dr. Jerry Xavier
Fay Wray ...Joanne 'Joan' Xavier
Lee Tracy ...Lee Taylor, Daily World Reporter
Preston Foster ...Dr. Wells (Academy of Surgical Research)
John Wray ...Dr. Haines, Academy of Surgical Research
Harry Beresford ...Dr. Duke, Academy of Surgical Research
Arthur Edmund Carewe ...Dr. Rowitz, Academy of Surgical Research
Leila Bennett ...Mamie, Xavier's Maid
Robert Warwick ...Police Commissioner Stevens
George Rosener ...Otto, Dr. X's Butler
Willard Robertson ...Detective O'Halloran
Thomas E. Jackson ...Daily World Editor (as Thomas Jackson)
Harry Holman ...Mike, Waterfront Policeman
Mae Busch ...Cathouse Madame
Tom Dugan ...The Sheriff
Selmer Jackson ...Willard Keefe, Daily World Night Editor
Charles McMurphy ...Detective At Headquarters

Hal B. Wallis
Darryl F. Zanuck

Howard Warren Comstock
Allen C. Miller
Robert Tasker
Earl Baldwin
George Rosener

Bernhard Kaun

Movie Soundtrack(s):
"Prelude in C Sharp Minor, Op.3 No.2"

More Movie Taglines:
  • Out-Thrills Them All!
Movie Quote(s):
  • Dr. Haines, Academy of Surgical Research: Were the murdered women... attacked?
  • Lee Taylor, Daily World Reporter: Are you going swimming with me in the morning? Joanne 'Joan' Xavier: No thanks. Good night. Lee Taylor, Daily World Reporter: What will you do if I start to sink and yell for help? Joanne 'Joan' Xavier: Throw you an anvil. Good night!
  • Dr. Haines, Academy of Surgical Research: Professor, since we retired this body has been... It has been... Dr. Jerry Xavier: I know, but I don't want her to know.
  • Mamie, Xavier's Maid: Something tells me if I go in that room tonight, tomorrow I'll be... in my coffin!
  • Lee Taylor, Daily World Reporter: [to the Piano Player] Hey, Rachmaninoff - how 'bout the Prelude?
Movie Trivia:
  • This is the film for which Michael Curtiz is quoted as saying, "This will make your blood curl!"
  • The play opened in New York City, New York, USA on 9 February 1931 and had 80 performances.
  • Warner Bros. paid $5,000 for the rights to the play.
  • The wax statues of the murder victims melted under the hot lights needed for the Technicolor cameras, so real actors were hired to stand in for them.
  • Contrary to Technicolor's edict, Warners shot a black-and-white version of "Doctor X." At least two scenes in the black-and-white version use different takes than the color one: the scene with Lee Tracy and Mae Busch in the house of prostitution scene and the sequence with Tracy in the skeleton room.
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