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The Return of Doctor X (1939)

Approved | | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 2 December 1939 (USA)
A hotshot reporter and a young doctor team up to investigate a series of grisly murders and a mysterious sample of synthetic blood.

Director:

Vincent Sherman

Writers:

Lee Katz (screen play), William J. Makin (from a story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Humphrey Bogart ... Marshall Quesne
Rosemary Lane ... Joan Vance
Wayne Morris ... Walter Garrett
Dennis Morgan ... Michael Rhodes
John Litel ... Dr. Francis Flegg
Lya Lys ... Angela Merrova
Huntz Hall ... Pinky
Charles C. Wilson ... Detective Roy Kincaid (as Charles Wilson)
Vera Lewis ... Miss Sweetman
Howard Hickman ... Chairman (scenes deleted)
Olin Howland ... Undertaker
Arthur Aylesworth ... Guide (scenes deleted)
Cliff Saum Cliff Saum ... Detective Sgt. Moran
Creighton Hale ... Hotel Manager
John Ridgely ... Rodgers
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Storyline

New York newspaper reporter Walter Barnett finds himself out of a job after he claims to have found actress Angela Merrova dead in her apartment - only the next day she showed up alive and threatened to sue the paper. Determined to investigate he discovers her involvement with a strange doctor who is an expert on human blood. Barnett then finds a connection to a series of gruesome murders where the victims were all found drained of blood. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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He lives to kill and kills to live! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Return of Dr. X See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Humphrey Bogart said of this film: "This is one of the pictures that made me march in to [Warner Bros. studio chief Jack L. Warner] and ask for more money again. You can't believe what this one was like. I had a part that somebody like Bela Lugosi or Boris Karloff should have played. I was this doctor, brought back to life, and the only thing that nourished this poor bastard was blood. If it had been Jack Warner's blood or [Harry Warner's] or [Sam Warner's] maybe I wouldn't have minded as much. The trouble was, they were drinking mine and I was making this stinking movie." See more »

Goofs

The police fire into Mr. Quesne's hideout. Considering the fact that Ms. Vance is also in the hideout, they should not be firing against the possibility of hitting Ms. Vance. See more »

Quotes

Detective Roy Kincaid: What is this Group 1, Group 4 business?
Dr. Mike Rhodes: Well, you see, medical science has discovered that human blood is divided into four different groups, #1 being the most rare and #4 the most common,. We must see to it that certain of these types are not mixed in the transfusion.
Detective Roy Kincaid: Then would you say that whoever came into Rodgers' room to kill him was looking for #1 blood?
Dr. Mike Rhodes: It's possible. That's why I think the coronor made a mistakre in his report, so do you mind if I make a test of these stains for myself...
Detective Roy Kincaid:
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Good Bogart Movie
18 August 2008 | by fluna1030See all my reviews

AAh, good old Dr. X! To some Humphrey Bogart fans, this movie did not go over so well, however, there are those who think this wasn't so bad a movie. I was first introduced to this movie when KZAZ-TV Ch. 11 (now KMSB) would have "Humphrey Bogart Movie Weekend" from time to time. This was shown late Fri. evening/early Sat. morning. Anyways, released in 1939 from Warner Bros./First National pictures, this is the story of unexplained murders & the law along with some other interesting characters who try to find out who is behind these deaths. If I try to go on about this movie, I might give some things away so here is where I'll stop. Although there were some not so good things that were said about this movie, I for one thought this was a "good" movie. If you are a Boggie fan, then you might enjoy this 30's gem. Enjoy!


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