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The Climax (1944)

Unrated | | Horror, Music, Thriller | 20 October 1944 (USA)
A demented physician becomes obsessed with a young singer whose voice sounds similar to his late mistress.

Director:

George Waggner

Writers:

Curt Siodmak (screenplay), Lynn Starling (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... Dr. Friedrich Hohner
Susanna Foster ... Angela Klatt
Turhan Bey ... Franz Munzer
Gale Sondergaard ... Luise
Thomas Gomez ... Count Seebruck
June Vincent ... Marcellina
George Dolenz ... Amato Roselli
Ludwig Stössel ... Carl Baumann
Jane Farrar ... Jarmila Vadek
Ernö Verebes ... Brunn (as Erno Verebes)
Lotte Stein ... Mama Hinzl
Scotty Beckett ... The King
William Edmunds William Edmunds ... Leon - theater concierge
Maxwell Hayes Maxwell Hayes ... Count Romburg - King's aide
Dorothy Lawrence Dorothy Lawrence ... Miss Metzger
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Storyline

Dr. Hohner (Karloff), theatre physician at the Vienna Royal Theatre, murders his mistress, the star soprano when his jealousy drives him to the point of mad obsession. Ten years later, another young singer (Foster) reminds Hohner of the late diva, and his old mania kicks in. Hohner wants to prevent her from singing for anyone but him, even if it means silencing her forever. The singer's fiancée (Bey) rushes to save her in the film's climax. Written by Stephen Cooke <am082@ccn.cs.dal.ca>

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Horror | Music | Thriller

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El ruiseñor y el cuervo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the original trailer Susanna Foster, the star of Phantom of the Opera (1943), was given top billing. In the film itself, Boris Karloff is given top billing. See more »

Goofs

In the rehearsal sequence in which Angela loses her voice at the sight of Dr. Hohner, she closes her mouth a split second before the playback of her voice stops. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Hohner: [after strangling Marcellina] We'll always be together now. Your voice will never come between us again.
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Connections

Version of The Climax (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Three Marches Militaires
(opus 51)
Composed by Franz Schubert
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BORIS KARLOFF'S FIRST COLOR FILM
26 January 2003 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

In Karloff's first color film, producer-director George Waggner hoped to duplicate his previous Success of Phantom of the Opera. He united him with its star Susanna Foster and used the same Phantom stage. Climax was a remake in 1944, the role and plot was enlarged to create an elaborate costume vehicle for Karloff and the Technicolor camera. THe CLIMAX starts off on a fine ghoulish tangent, but soon wanders off the straight, narrow and creepy path onto a sidetrack of conventional boy-girl doings with Karloff turned more than a little ridiculous among a group of harmless music lovers whose member includes a boy king. George Waggner, the director, knows a thing or two about the color camera. For Karloff's flash-back memories he uses a circle in clear focus in the center of the screen, surrounded by blurred, varicolored light.. THE Climax has too much difficulty deciding whether to keep its mind on music or murder.


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