Day 23 – The Corpse Vanishes (1942)

Corpse Vanishes posterDay 23: The Corpse Vanishes (1942)
Cast:      Bela Lugosi as Dr. George Lorenz
Luana Walters as Patricia Hunter
Angelo Rossitto as Toby

Story by Sam Robins & Gerald Schnitzer
Screenplay by Harvey Gates
Directed by Wallace Fox (Bowery at Midnight)

Plot: Dr. Lorenz is a mad scientist keeping his wife alive by injecting fluids from young virginal women. Enter the local newspaper woman and town doctor to investigate Lugosi and devise a plan to trap Dr. Lorenz. Why is it that plans like these never seem to be as easy as they sound?

Personal Thoughts: This is one of the more crudely filmed efforts from Lugosi during his poverty row days and one of the most bizarre. Lugosi is particularly evil in this one, whipping and eventually killing the demented son of an old woman in his employ. At another point, he callously kicks her dwarf son to the curb after he is shot. And Lugosi also attempts to kill the old woman before she stabs him. There are the horrific screams from Lugosi’s wife, who plays her vicious part quite well, and the demented son slipping into the reporter’s room to pet her hair in the middle of the night. Despite the incredibly low production values and ludicrous script, not to mention some painful “comedy”, this is worth checking out for the sheer lunacy alone.Corpse 1

Trivia:

  • The fourth of Lugosi’s nine Monogram poverty row films.
  • Known as Case of the Missing Brides in the UK.
  • The film is in the public domain.

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