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Valley of the Zombies (1946)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Horror | 24 May 1946 (USA)
Dr. Maynard (Charles Trowbridge') tells Dr. Terry Evans (Robert Livingston) and his nurse, Susan Drake (Lorna Gray), about the theft of ten pints of blood from his lab. Later, he is visited... See full summary »

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Philip Ford

Writers:

Dorrell McGowan (screenplay), Stuart E. McGowan (screenplay) (as Stuart McGowan) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Robert Livingston ... Dr. Terrance 'Terry' Evans
Lorna Gray ... Nurse Susan Drake (as Adrian Booth)
Ian Keith ... Ormand Murks
Thomas E. Jackson ... Detective Blair (as Thomas Jackson)
Charles Trowbridge ... Dr. Rufus Maynard
Earle Hodgins ... Fred Mays (Fred Murks)
LeRoy Mason ... Detective Hendricks
William Haade ... Police Officer 'Tiny'
Wilton Graff ... Dr. Lucifer Garland
Charles Cane Charles Cane ... Chief Inspector Ryan
Russ Clark Russ Clark ... Officer Lacy
Chuck Hamilton ... Officer Joe - The Driver (as Charles Hamilton)
Wheaton Chambers Wheaton Chambers ... The Coroner
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Dr. Maynard (Charles Trowbridge') tells Dr. Terry Evans (Robert Livingston) and his nurse, Susan Drake (Lorna Gray), about the theft of ten pints of blood from his lab. Later, he is visited by Ormand Murks (Ian Keith), a man Maynard had once had committed to an insane asylum and who later died from an operation, and Maynard learns that Murks is an example of living death whose abnormality is counter-acted only by blood. The doctor soon becomes Murk's unwilling blood donor. Murks' brother Fred (Earle Hodgins) threatens to expose him and he too is murdered. Terry and Susan find Maynard's body near an abandoned graveyard and this leads them to an estate where a partially obscured sign reads:"Murks Bros.,Undertakers." Susan is kidnapped. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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BLOOD MADNESS... Out Of The Fog... Into Your Heart!


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Not bad....but not all that good either.
29 September 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Ormond Murks (Ian Keith) is an ex-mental patient and mortician thought to be dead. However, he actually pretended to be dead and used some sort of voodoo mumbo-jumbo to keep himself alive forever. The only problem is, to stay alive, he needs blood....lots and lots of blood. And, he's not at all afraid to take it--draining his victims and then embalming them.

A doctor (cowboy star Robert Livingston) and his annoying nurse (Lorna Gray) are implicated in the crime--mostly because the cops are the stereotypically stupid variety. When they discover a clue, they do what anyone would do--they keep it to themselves and investigate the crime on their own!! All in all, not a great B-movie but also not bad either (aside from Gray's VERY annoying character). Kind of fun, though there really aren't any zombies in the film despite the title. Also, while the madman is able to use hypnotism to control his folks and make them do his evil bidding, this is not possible. I have training in hypnosis and would certainly use it for evil if it was possible!


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El valle de los zombies See more »

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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