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The Corpse Vanishes (1942)

Passed | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 8 May 1942 (USA)
A scientist, aided by an old hag and her two sons, kills virginal brides, steals their bodies, and extracts gland fluid to keep his ancient wife alive and young.

Director:

Wallace Fox

Writers:

Sam Robins (original story), Gerald Schnitzer (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bela Lugosi ... Dr. George Lorenz
Luana Walters ... Patricia Hunter
Tristram Coffin ... Dr. Foster (as Tris Coffin)
Elizabeth Russell ... Countess Lorenz
Minerva Urecal ... Fagah
Angelo Rossitto ... Toby (as Angelo)
Joan Barclay ... Alice Wentworth
Kenneth Harlan ... Editor Keenan
Gwen Kenyon ... Peggy Woods
Vince Barnett ... Sandy
Frank Moran ... Angel
George Eldredge ... Mike (as George Eldridge)
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Storyline

Dr. Lorenz, a mad scientist, wants to keep his elderly wife young. He does this by kidnapping young females and extracting fluid from them. He then injects this fluid into his wife. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Horror to make your hair stand on end! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A hulla eltűnik See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed 13 March - 1 April, 1942, the fourth of Bela Lugosi's nine Monogram features. See more »

Goofs

When getting ready for bed, Pat unbuttons her jacket, but in the next shot the jacket is buttoned again and stays buttoned for the rest of the scene - because she changed her mind about going to bed. See more »

Quotes

Fagah: Why do you beat my son so hard?
Dr. Lorenz: Because he's at best an animal, and some day I shall have to destroy him.
Fagah: My poor son!... Why was he ever born?
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Connections

Referenced in Bowery at Midnight (1942) See more »

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Bela is being naughty again!
9 February 2005 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Modest, insignificant but nevertheless amusing black & white horror that stars Bela Lugosi as a (surprise surprise!) sinister doctor who kidnaps young girls on their wedding day. Not for the cause of science this time, but to donate eternal youth and beauty to his wife, the countess. He breeds a special type of orchids (that's right, he's also a horticulturist) that paralyzes the girls and he picks up the bodies with a fake hearse. The screenplay doesn't really bother to explain what exactly happens to these girls afterwards and neither are we informed about Bela's relation with the family of misfits that lives in his mansion and works for him. In fact, "The Corpse Vanishes" is one giant incoherent mess yet I can't bring myself to bash it entirely. The basic plot idea is good, there are some moments of creepiness (when the female journalist discovers the dungeon, for example) and the acting performances are overall decent. Lugosi is on automatic pilot here but I especially liked the countess character! She's a hostile and egocentric shrew and I loved how she got so hysterical all the time. What can I say…I have a thing for evil women.


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