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Time Out says

Despite its high reputation, a disappointing movie that dithers somewhere between horror and whodunit, never quite coming good on either and further crippling itself with some horrendous comic relief. The mystery concerns a moon murderer who cannibalises his victims and a one-armed scientist (Foster) working on a synthetic flesh substitute (and if you don't guess the killer's identity way ahead of time, your head needs examining). Stylish sets, though, and Curtiz adds some nice expressionistic flourishes, plus a bizarrely stilted but effective re-enactment of the crimes. It looks better if you're lucky enough to catch one of the rare two-colour Technicolor prints.
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Release details

UK release:

1932

Duration:

80 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Cast:

Mae Busch, Preston Foster, Fay Wray, Lee Tracy, Lionel Atwill, John Wray

Music:

Bernard Kaun

Art Director:

Anton F Grot

Editor:

George Amy

Cinematography:

Ray Rennahan, Richard Towers

Screenwriter:

Earl Baldwin, Robert Tasker

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