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The Ghoul (1933)
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The Ghoul (1933) A knife-wielding, enigmatic Egyptian Arab Aga Ben Dragore is seeking an sacred jewel which has been stolen from an ancient tomb. The thief tells him that he sold it to Professor Morlant, a fanatical Egyptologist who fervently believes in the pagan power of the ancient Egyptian gods. Dying from a mysteriously disfiguring ailment, Morlant entrusts his faithful manservant to bandage the jewel in his hand and warns him of dire consequences if his dying wishes aren't carried out. After his burial in an Egyptian-type tomb on his estate, an anonymous robber steals the precious stone from the corpse. Although the ghastly-looking dead man rises at the next full moon to seek revenge, neither he nor the audience know which member of the household possesses the powerful jewel.

Movie Tagline:
An Ancient Curse Is About To Be Unleashed.

Title: Ghoul, The
Release Date: November 25, 1933
Runtime: 77 mins
Genre: Horror
All Genres: Horror
Languages: English
Country: UK
Colors: Black and White
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 5.8
Buried.com Rating: 6.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With G

MPAA Rating: PG

T. Hayes Hunter

Boris Karloff ...Prof. Morlant
Cedric Hardwicke ...Broughton
Ernest Thesiger ...Laing
Dorothy Hyson ...Betty Harlon
Anthony Bushell ...Ralph Morlant
Kathleen Harrison ...Kaney
Harold Huth ...Aga Ben Dragore
D.A. Clarke Smith ...Mahmoud
Ralph Richardson ...Nigel Hartley
Jack Raine ...Davis, the chauffeur
George Relph ...Doctor

Michael Balcon

Rupert Downing
Leonard Hines
Frank King
Roland Pertwee
John Hastings Turner

Louis Levy
Leighton Lucas

Movie Soundtrack(s):

More Movie Taglines:
  • An Ancient Curse Is About To Be Unleashed.
  • From the Depths of the Earth, He Will Rise.
Movie Quote(s):
  • Nigel Hartley: I happened to be staying in the neighborhood, and hearing of your master's illness I took the liberty of calling. How is he tonight? Laing: He'll never see the morning. Nigel Hartley: He has not asked for anyone of my cloth? Laing: Nor will he. He's set in his ways, and they are the ways of the heathen. Nigel Hartley: I know he won't see the rector, but though I'm a comparative stranger, I don't like to leave a man to die like that. Laing: He'll die in his own fashion as he has lived. Nigel Hartley: Still, sometimes at the end... Laing: Not him! He's stubborn and unbending and will be so at the throne itself!
  • Prof. Morlant: You're afraid of me! Laing: [Shakes his head] I'm afraid FOR you. Prof. Morlant: [Referring to the jewel] If this should leave me, you'll have reason to fear... for when the full moon strikes the door of my tomb, I will come back. You hear? I will come back to kill!
  • Doctor: [referring to Morlant] What was the idea of bandaging his hand like that? Laing: I cannot say. He had many a queer fancy.
  • Broughton: Almost his last words were a threat to return from the dead. In my opinion, he was mad!
  • Broughton: We all know that dead men don't come back.
Movie Trivia:
  • This was the first British film to be labeled "horrific".
  • This was the first British horror film of the sound era.
  • For years this was regarded as a "lost film" with no prints or elements known to exist. A nitrate release print was discovered in the Czech National Archives in Prague. This print was a subtitled edited version that was in poor condition and contained numerous splices. Years later, a print of the uncut British version was finally discovered.
  • Some U.S. theatre prints were shown in spherical widescreen. The movie wasn't shot in widescreen. The bottom of the screen had been matted to cover up the Czech subtitles (present on the only known existing version at the time) thereby creating the rectangular widescreen shape.
  • Ralph Richardson's film debut.
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