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Bowery at Midnight (1942)

Approved | | Crime, Thriller | 30 October 1942 (USA)
Kindly soup kitchen operator and professor of criminology Karl Wagner uses his soup kitchen as a front for a criminal gang who commit a series of daring robberies and murders. When things ... See full summary »

Director:

Wallace Fox

Writers:

Gerald Schnitzer (original story), Gerald Schnitzer (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Bela Lugosi ... Professor Brenner aka Karl Wagner
John Archer ... Richard Dennison
Wanda McKay ... Judy Malvern
Tom Neal ... Frankie Mills
Vince Barnett ... Charley
Anna Hope Anna Hope ... Mrs. Brenner
John Berkes ... Fingers Dolan
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Capt. Mitchell
Dave O'Brien ... Pete Crawford
Lucille Vance ... Mrs. Malvern
Lew Kelly Lew Kelly ... Doc Brooks
Wheeler Oakman ... Stratton
Ray Miller Ray Miller ... Big Man
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Storyline

Kindly soup kitchen operator and professor of criminology Karl Wagner uses his soup kitchen as a front for a criminal gang who commit a series of daring robberies and murders. When things get out of hand, Wagner kills his henchmen, who wind up as zombies in the cellar of the soup kitchen. Written by Wheeler Winston Dixon

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The monster and the ghoul! One deals in wholesale murder...the other serves as a torture-master of the living dead! See it and shudder!

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Crime | Thriller

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Burial at Midnight See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Sam Katzman production number SK-206. See more »

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When Pete is leaving the 45th Precinct house and is talking to the retiring detective, a shadow of the boom microphone is visible on the wall behind them. See more »

Quotes

Fingers Dolan: Who'd a thought yesterday I'd be workin' a high class job with Frankie Mills?
Prof. Frederick Brenner, alias Karl Wagner: Yas, each day has it's little surprises.
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Strong Lugosi Performance
31 October 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Bowery at Midnight (1942)

** (out of 4)

Professor Karl Wagner (Bela Lugosi) is a highly respected man who helps run a food kitchen that feeds homeless and poor people. At night he's taking advantage of the same people forcing them to do his illegal crimes including murder. BOWERY AT MIDNIGHT is yet another low-budget quickie from Monogram and while the story itself is pretty lacking, the film remains watchable thanks to a fast pace as well as the performance from Bela Lugosi. It's really a shame that the film doesn't feature a tad bit more life because it could have been something rather good had more time with the story been done. Lugosi is very good in the lead role and it's funny that during the opening credits his name appears twice for playing the two characters. One of the biggest reasons that the film works as well as it does is because Lugosi is very believable as both the good guy and the bad guy. I really liked the way Lugosi played the good professor because he made you believe that this guy couldn't be doing anything wrong. That cheerful glee from the bad guy also comes across flawlessly and especially when he gets to show how cold blooded the character is. Wanda McKay is good in her supporting role as the woman helping Lugosi not knowing exactly what he's up to. The rest of the supporting players fit their roles nicely and certainly help keep the film moving. The biggest problem is that the story just needed a little bit more work to make it something more than just a routine "B" picture.


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