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Doctor X

  • Film

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

  • Duration:80 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Michael Curtiz
  • Screenwriter:Robert Tasker, Earl Baldwin
  • Cast:
    • Lionel Atwill
    • Lee Tracy
    • Fay Wray
    • Preston Foster
    • Mae Busch
    • John Wray
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