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Bowery at Midnight

1942

Wallace Fox
Director

Enjoyably cheap Monogram B-picture with Lugosi playing a professor of psychology who, under an assumed name, runs a soup kitchen which serves as a front to hire criminals to perform jewel heists.

Potentially interesting film is botched by a lack of focus on the creepier elements, i.e. Lugosi's heroin addicted doctor pal (Kelly) who keeps reanimated corpses in the basement. Also has one of those endings that ruins the whole film. Still has elements of interest, such as the surprisingly overt portrayal (for 1942) of a drug addict. Lugosi's method of disposing of no longer useful employees does foreshadow the opening scenes of The Dark Knight.

Screencaps are from a pretty poor public domain copy, so apologies for quality.

-Dave W.

CountryArtworkTitleReleaseFormatRatingRuntime (Mins)Aspect
30th October 1942
Cinema
Bowery At Midnight (Roan Group)
12th December 2000
DVD
Not Rated
1.33:1




Bela Lugosi
Prof. Frederick Brenner,
aka Karl Wagner
John Archer
Richard Dennison
Wanda McKay
Judy Malvern
Tom Neal
Frankie Mills
Vince Barnett
Charley
Anna Hope
Mrs. Brenner
John Berkes
Fingers Dolan
J. Farrell MacDonald
Police Capt. Mac Mitchell
Dave O'Brien
Police Sgt. Pete Crawford
Lucille Vance
Mrs. Malvern
Lew Kelly
Doc Brooks
Wheeler Oakman
"Trigger"Stratton
Ray Miller
Big Man
Willy Castello
Mr. Atlas, Jeweler
(uncredited)
Pat Costello
Tramp Questioned by Richard
(uncredited)
George Eldredge
Detective Thompson
(uncredited)
Bernard Gorcey
Shopkeeper (uncredited)
Eddie Hall
Tramp Playing Checkers
(uncredited)
Eddie Kane
Police Chief Martin
(uncredited)
Ralph Littlefield
Big Man's Friend
(uncredited)
Theodore Lorch
Tramp Playing Checkers
(uncredited)
Walter McGrail
Coroner (uncredited)
'Snub' Pollard
Motorist (uncredited)
Bob Reeves
Henchman (uncredited)
Bobby Stone
Newsboy (uncredited)
Unknown
Atlas' Clerk
Unknown
Doorman
Unknown
Second Jeweler
Unknown
Mrs. Dennison
Unknown
Prof. Brenner's Secretary

Dave Wright: Screencaps &Notes
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