The Mad Genius

Film, Horror

Time Out says

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

81 mins

Cast and crew

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