The Mad Genius

  • Film
  • Horror films
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Barrymore enjoys himself immensely in this ripe horror effort as a demented and crippled Svengali figure who takes over the running of a ballet company. Alberni is way, way over the top as the drugged dancing master, and Boris Karloff pops up as the sadistic dad. The finale, which involves a brutal murder in the middle of a ballet performance, is well worth the wait.

Release details

Duration: 81 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Michael Curtiz
Screenwriter: J Grubb Alexander, Harvey Thew
Cast: John Barrymore
Marian Marsh
Donald Cook
Carmel Myers
Charles Butterworth
Mae Madison
Luis Alberni
Boris Karloff
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