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After a former student discovers a rich deposit of radium in a South American rain forest, the brilliant but arrogant Dr. Alexander Thorkel sets up a laboratory there and begins experimenting on miniaturization of animals. When the pupil questions the scientists ethics, he callously murders him. Faced with failing eyesight, the mad doctor enlists three other scientists to help identify the roadblock that has delayed completion of his project. After a long and arduous journey by pack mule through the Andes, they arrive at the laboratory and quickly identify Thorkel's problem. Steve Baker, a miner and fourth member of their party, realizes the value of the radium and is reluctant to leave as are the scientists, who feel slighted by Thorkel's dismissive attitude and their concern about his now growing megalomania and paranoia. Feeling threatened by their curiosity concerning the true nature of his work, he miniaturizes them along with a native servant as they become his de facto guinea pigs. Although their situation appears grave, their one hope lies in Thorkel's Achilles heel, his failing eyesight.
Diabolical Dr. Cyclops
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Title: Dr. Cyclops
Release Date: April 10, 1940
Runtime: 77 mins
All Genres: Adventure, Sci-Fi, Horror
IMDB Rating: 6.3
Buried.com Rating: 7.3 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With D
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Ernest B. Schoedsack
Albert Dekker ...Dr. Alexander Thorkel
Thomas Coley ...Bill Stockton
Janice Logan ...Dr. Mary Robinson
Charles Halton ...Dr. Rupert Bulfinch
Victor Kilian ...Steve Baker
Frank yaconelli ...Pedro
Paul Fix ...Dr. Mendoza
Frank Reicher ...Professor Kendall
Jane Webb ...Woman (unconfirmed)
Billy Wilkerson ...Silent Indian
Dale Van Every
Merian C. Cooper
Malcolm Stuart Boylan
Albert Hay Malotte
Dr. Cyclops Horror Film Trailer 1
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- Diabolical Dr. Cyclops
- The mightiest thrill picture ever made!
- The picture that was made behind locked doors!
- The thrill of the year!
- Dr. Alexander Thorkel: Now you can call me "cyclops", because I have one good eye.
Dr. Alexander Thorkel: Are we then country doctors? You do not realize what we have here. In our very hands, we have the cosmic force of creation itself. In our very hands, we can shape life, take it apart, put it together again, mould it like putty. Dr. Mendoza: But what you are doing is mad. It is diabolic! You are tampering with powers reserved to God. Dr. Alexander Thorkel: That is good. That is very good. That is just what I am doing.
Professor Kendall: [Referring to Thorkel] He's a very strange man, abnormally secretive about his experiments, and now for two years he's buried himself in a camp in the Amazon jungle. Who knows what his mental state may be? Dr. Rupert Bulfinch: Dr. Thorkel may be eccentric, but he is also the greatest living biologist. I shall be glad to help him if I can.
Dr. Rupert Bulfinch: I am a biologist! Steve Baker: [Dismissively] Sure! A bug doctor!
Dr. Alexander Thorkel: Strange how absorbed man has been in the size of things!
- Luana Walters was originally slated for the role of Mary Robinson.
The first science fiction film to be shot in three-color Technicolor.
Allen Fox as "Cab Driver" is in studio records/casting call lists for that role, but he did not appear or was not identifiable in the movie.
One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.
"Dr. Cyclops" was Albert Dekker's signature part, and virtually all of his obituaries mentioned the film.
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Rating: 7.3 out of 10.0 - 72 votes cast total