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The Walking Dead (1936)

Approved | | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi | 14 March 1936 (USA)
After hapless pianist and ex-con John Elman is framed for murder, he is resurrected by a scientist after his execution.

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Michael Curtiz

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Ewart Adamson (screen play), Peter Milne (screen play) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Boris Karloff ... John Ellman
Ricardo Cortez ... Nolan
Edmund Gwenn ... Dr. Evan Beaumont
Marguerite Churchill ... Nancy
Warren Hull ... Jimmy
Barton MacLane ... Loder
Henry O'Neill ... District Attorney Werner
Joe King ... Judge Roger Shaw (as Joseph King)
Addison Richards ... Prison Warden
Paul Harvey ... Blackstone
Robert Strange ... Merritt
Joe Sawyer ... Trigger Smith (as Joseph Sawyer)
Eddie Acuff ... Betcha
Kenneth Harlan ... Stephen Martin
Miki Morita Miki Morita ... Sako
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A gang of racketeers frames down-on-his-luck John Ellman for murder. After a trial finds him guilty, evidence is brought forth proving his innocence, but it is too late and he is executed anyway. A doctor sees an opportunity to use an experimental procedure to restore him to life but is that entirely possible? Desirable? Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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BACK FROM THE DEAD! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A mis verdugos castigué See more »

Filming Locations:

Inglewood, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$217,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The music being played while Karloff is walking to his execution is Kamennoi-Ostrow by Anton Rubinstein. See more »

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Boris Karloff's character is named John Ellman in closeups of teletype and newspaper material, but misspelled John Elman in the credits. See more »

Quotes

John Ellman: [In the prison, as he awaits execution, hoping for a reprieve] But you can't kill me for something that I didn't do. You can't, I tell you, you can't. I don't want to die. I want to live.
Prison Warden: Well, Ellman, it's within my power to grant any last request you care to make.
John Ellman: [sounding slightly bitter] You take away my life and offer me a favor in return. That's what I call a "bargain."
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Kamennoi Ostrow
Performed by Rubinstein
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Unique horror/gangster film
26 October 1999 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

This is a one of a kind--combination horror/gangster! Karloff (who's just incredible) is bought back from the dead after being wrongfully executed and takes revenge on those who set him up. It's basically a gangster film until the last half hour--then the scary stuff kicks in. The film is VERY short (70 minutes) and moves quickly. It's intelligent (although bringing a person back from the dead after they've been electrocuted is a stretch!), very well-directed (effective use of shadows and camera angles) but the main reason to watch is Karloff. He never received the attention he deserved because he made horror films, which are still looked down upon. He was a wonderful actor and in this movie gives one of his best performances ("The Black Room" is probably THE best he ever gave). Just check out his expression after he "kills" the men he goes after. Excellent job. A perfect "B" movie. Don't miss it! I don't believe this is on video (I saw it on TCM), so if you get a chance, SEE IT! You won't be disappointed!


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