The Return of Doctor X (1939)

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A hotshot reporter and a young doctor team up to investigate a series of grisly murders and a mysterious sample of synthetic blood.


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  • Humphrey Bogart and Wayne Morris in The Return of Doctor X (1939)
  • Humphrey Bogart in The Return of Doctor X (1939)
  • Humphrey Bogart in The Return of Doctor X (1939)
  • Humphrey Bogart and Rosemary Lane in The Return of Doctor X (1939)
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27 March 2011 | nova-63
7
| Quirky little gem
I love this film and that's the reason I'm adding a review to a film that already has 30 reviews. First of all, many previous reviewers complain that this is not a typical horror movie from the period. For example there is no Karloff or Lugosi in a starring role. That is true, but the film plays more like a breezy, fast paced Warner Bros. B' crime film. I have no problem with that. Although the horror isn't stressed, the finale with Bogart taking the girl to the abandoned farm house is pretty spooky.

I argue with those saying the cast isn't very good. While Bogart isn't at home playing a corpse who has returned to life, he doesn't disappoint. John Litel, is over the top (and great) as the doctor who returns Bogart from the dead. Finally Wayne Morris, who is the real star of the film, plays the wise guy reporter investigating the strange happenings. The rest of the cast is well above average for a "chunk it out as fast as possible" B' picture. This includes, Dennis Morgan, Rosemary Lane, Huntz Hall, and the spooky Lya Lys.

This is no masterpiece, but this is fast and fun and never boring for a second. Ah, if only there were only more films like this. Who doesn't love a Bogart zombie film? Must viewing for any film buff.

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