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The Mad Doctor (1941)

A crazed physician marries a wealthy women and, with the help of his demented assistant, murders them for their money.

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Tim Whelan

Writer:

Howard J. Green
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Cast overview:
Basil Rathbone ... Dr. George Sebastian / Dr. Frederick Langamann
Ellen Drew ... Linda Boothe
John Howard ... Gil Sawyer
Barbara Jo Allen ... Louise Watkins (as Barbara Allen [Vera Vague])
Ralph Morgan ... Dr. Charles Downer
Martin Kosleck ... Maurice Gretz
Kitty Kelly ... Winnie
Hugh O'Connell ... Lawrence Watkins
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A crazed physician marries a wealthy women and, with the help of his demented assistant, murders them for their money.

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Maurice Gretz: You're like all the other clever ones, clever until they meet a woman, and then they suddenly become fools.
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Martin Kosleck and Some Wishful Thinking
4 April 2004 | by theowinthropSee all my reviews

This is a fair little "B-picture" thriller, with Rathbone giving his best villainy as usual, as a wife-killer (his partner is Kosleck) who marries and murders for money. But here his latest victim he falls for. An interesting variation that wasn't as developed as it should be.

Howard Green is credited with the screenplay, and Hecht and MacArthur are uncredited as helping on it. I suspect the latter two responsible for one interesting moment in the film. Martin Kosleck has just killed one of the other characters in the New York Subway. He has just left the subway station when he runs into an old acquaintance from Europe. It turns out this old acquaintance is still a policeman. Kosleck, realizing his past misdeeds are about to catch up with him, flees but is killed by the cop.

Would you believe this almost happened?

Hecht and MacArthur had contacts with the police and newspapermen in Chicago (remember "THE FRONT PAGE") and New York. They probably heard of this incident from their contacts. In 1918 during the closing days of World War I, the story came out of Austria of a serial killer (or women) named Bela Kiss. He was being sought for his murders, but was believed to have joined the army and been killed in battle. Subsequently it turned out that Kiss was smart enough to change his identity cards with a dead man, so he was still alive. But he was not caught. Then in 1930 a Detective on the New York City Police Force saw Kiss leaving a subway station in Times Square. The Detective tried to catch him, but the crowd enabled Kiss to escape. Kiss (as it turned out) had immigrated under a fake name to the U.S., and settled as a janitor in an apartment house in the Yorkville area of Manhattan! He died about 1957 (in bed!). I wonder if he ever saw THE MAD DOCTOR and Kosleck's last scene.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 1941 (USA) See more »

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Em Face do Destino See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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