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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The earliest documented telecast of this film took place in New York City Wednesday 7 June 1950 on the DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5). 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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Lugosi not at his best, but still good
22 April 2011 | by Vornoff-3See all my reviews

This low-budget cheapy is from the days when Bela was pretty hard up for roles, but it has a certain charm. The basic plot is that Lugosi is a mad scientist with an aging wife whose beauty he is determined to preserve forever. Apparently, the way to do this is by extracting some chemical from young women that makes them beautiful. The height of discretion, Bela decides to kidnap brides at the altar – because it's easy to find them, I guess, when they are the center of attention and surrounded by people. His clever plan is challenged by a young go-getting female reporter who seems just as interested in using her job to secure a doctor for a husband as in solving the case, her comedy-relief photographer buddy, and the inevitable bland love interest. Luckily, Lugosi has a dysfunctional degenerate white trash family to help him out, and he hires street people to distract the police. Great movie making ,this is not, but it is good for some fun.


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