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Doctor X (1932)

Unrated | | Comedy, Crime, Horror | 27 August 1932 (USA)
A wisecracking New York reporter intrudes on a research scientist's quest to unmask The Moon Killer.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Robert Tasker (screen play), Earl Baldwin (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lionel Atwill ... Dr. Jerry Xavier
Fay Wray ... Joanne Xavier
Lee Tracy ... Lee Taylor
Preston Foster ... Dr. Wells
John Wray ... Dr. Haines
Harry Beresford ... Dr. Duke
Arthur Edmund Carewe ... Dr. Rowitz
Leila Bennett ... Mamie
Robert Warwick ... Police Commissioner Stevens
George Rosener ... Otto
Willard Robertson ... Detective O'Halloran
Thomas E. Jackson ... Daily World Editor (as Thomas Jackson)
Harry Holman ... Mike - Waterfront Policeman
Mae Busch ... Cathouse Madame
Tom Dugan ... Sheriff
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Storyline

A monster lurks as New York newspaperman Lee Taylor investigates one of the "Moon Killer" murders, in which the victims are strangled, cannibalized and surgically incised under the light of the full moon. The trail leads to the cliffside mansion of Dr. Xavier, where the doctor and his colleagues conduct a strange experiment. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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There have been weird mysteries before and there will be weird mysteries again, but here is a thriller that will be remembered for years! A new note in exciting entertainment... An afternoon or evening in another world... An adventure in the realms of mystic romance with lovers fascinatingly different from any you've ever known!...A picture guaranteed to be the outstanding love-mystery of all time...portrayed by a remarkable cast that is worth the price of admission alone! See more »


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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doktor X See more »

Filming Locations:

Laguna Beach, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

For a time Warner Brothers did not have a print of the original Technicolor version and it was assumed to be lost. The Technicolor version was finally discovered in the private collection of studio head Jack L. Warner after his death in 1978 and restored by the UCLA Archives. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene of the film, Lee Tracy is shown strolling along the New York docks in search of news, when a body arrives at the Mott Street Morgue across the street. In reality, Mott Street, located in New York's old Chinatown district, is fairly well landlocked and nowhere near the either waterfront or dock areas. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Haines, Academy of Surgical Research: Were the murdered women... attacked?
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Alternate Versions

This film was shot in two versions. One camera unit, under Ray Rennahan, shot the film in two-color Technicolor. A second camera unit, under Richard Towers, shot the scenes at the same time in black and white. The black and white version was meant for foreign territories where Technicolor did not have facilities. See more »

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Soundtracks

Somebody's Wrong
(1923) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting and Henry I. Marshall
Lyrics by Ray Egan
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Great old champ!
29 June 2001 | by PrincessAnankaSee all my reviews

Don't even try to compare this wonderful old WArner Brothers thriller from l934 with today's thrillers. It was made at a time long gone when atmosphere, sets, lighting and camerawork were king. I adore getting this movie out at least once a month along with "Mystery of the Wax Museum" and "Night Monster" (another reviewer has also cited "Night Monster" as the classic it is)turn out the lights and lose myself in the early Technicolor two-strip photographey which is beautifully pastel and atmospheric in its eerie greens, pinks, crimson and gold. The Anton Grot sets are unforgettable. The cast of Hollywood's greatest character actors throw themselves into their roles (I doubt they had any other choice. After all, the demonic Michael Curtiz was cracking the whip as director). Fay Wray is pretty and screams now and then. Most irritating of all is Lee Tracey as the relentlessly wise-cracking reporter. Glenda Farrell had the same role in "Mystery of the Wax Museum" also filmed in early color and she was fantastic. A great old thriller, set in a remote mansion by the sea. The monster is terrifying. Ironically, you never see any carnage, blood or torture. Hats off to those long-ago film masters who knew how to do things right.


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