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Corridors of Blood (1958)

Not Rated | | Crime, Horror, Thriller | 4 October 1962 (UK)
Dr. Thomas Bolton fights for the use of anesthetic in surgery and uses himself as a guinea pig, but soon finds himself addicted.

Director:

Robert Day

Writer:

Jean Scott Rogers (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Boris Karloff ... Dr. Bolton
Betta St. John ... Susan
Christopher Lee ... Resurrection Joe
Finlay Currie ... Supt. Matheson
Adrienne Corri ... Rachel
Francis De Wolff Francis De Wolff ... Black Ben
Francis Matthews ... Jonathan Bolton
Frank Pettingell ... Mr. Blount
Basil Dignam ... Chairman
Marian Spencer Marian Spencer ... Mrs Matheson
Carl Bernard Carl Bernard ... Ned, The Crow
John Gabriel John Gabriel ... Dispenser
Nigel Green ... Insp. Donovan
Yvonne Romain ... Rosa (as Yvonne Warren)
Howard Lang ... Chief Inspector
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Storyline

In an effort to relieve the suffering of surgery patients, Dr. Thomas Bolton painstakingly develops an opium-based anesthetic, to which he gradually becomes addicted. In order to provide a continual supply of chemicals to continue his experiments and support his addiction, he falls in with a den of murderers who use his signature to sell cadavers to the local hospital. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Taglines:

Tops in Terror!

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Crime | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1962 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Corredores de Sangue See more »

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Budget:

GBP90,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Raglan, who plays the role of a police officer, is listed in the closing credits as "Wilkes", but is clearly referred to by Inspector Donovan (Nigel Green) as "Thompson". See more »

Goofs

During the opening amputation scene the screaming patient reveals modern cavity fillings in the back teeth of his upper jaw. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Bolton: [In the Seven Dials] This place must breed a hundred fevers!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: LONDON 1840

Before the discovery of Anaesthesia See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to reduce shots of Rosa being caressed by Joe and to remove a brief shot of Joe's face scarred with acid. These edits were restored in video releases though the 2006 DD Entertainment DVD features the cut cinema print. In the U.S however the film was cut differently. The 'ravishing' of Rosa was left intact but 3 cuts were made to the stabbings of Bolton and the night watchman, and the surgical cutting of a patient's leg. The U.S Criterion DVD features the U.S cinema print though the cut scenes are presented as extra features on the disc. See more »

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Soundtracks

Luverly Gin
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Music by Buxton Orr
Lyrics by Francis O'Grady
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Karloff is great in atmospheric drama.
10 September 1999 | by David-240See all my reviews

Boris Karloff gives one of his best performances as a tormented doctor trying to invent anaesthesia. In the process he becomes addicted to the narcotics and begin associating with various London low-lifes - including grave-robber Christopher Lee in a rivetting performance.

This is less horror than an atmospheric character study - and it is really very good.


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