Dead Men Walk 1943 NR

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In one of the rare instances of a poverty row company coming up with a vampire story, George Zucco plays both sides of the coin as the Clayton brothers: Lloyd, a well-respected New England doctor, and his twin Elwyn, an evil occultist who rises from the dead as a bloodsucker! With the help of his hunchbacked servant Zolarr, Elwyn begins a new campaign of evil that causes the townspeople to suspect that their beloved doctor may not be quite as kindly as they believe.

Starring:
George Zucco, Mary Carlisle
Runtime:
1 hour, 3 minutes

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Dead Men Walk

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Genres Drama, Thriller, Romance, Mystery, Horror
Director Sam Newfield
Starring George Zucco, Mary Carlisle
Supporting actors Nedrick Young, Dwight Frye, Fern Emmett, Robert Strange, Hal Price, Sam Flint, Jimmy Aubrey, Merrill McCormick, Milburn Morante, Rose Plumer, Al St. John, Forrest Taylor, Jack Tornek
Studio Egami Media
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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I think Dead Men Walk is really an impressive little film.
Daniel Jolley
So if Elwyn is successful not only will Lloyd probably be hit with a murder charge, but ward Gayle will become one of the undead too.
calvinnme
The plots a little slow but it is still a relatively good movie and it's very well directed though I've seen better.
Leah, The Butterfly Lady

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Format: DVD
I'm a big George Zucco fan. Zucco brought class and a unique presence to many a B movie of the 1930s and 1940s, and Dead Men Walk actually gives you two George Zuccos for the price of one. Yes, Zucco stars in a dual role as the kindly Dr. Lloyd Clayton and his evil brother Elwyn. Some accuse Zucco of being too theatrical, but I think his performance is basically that of a consummate stage actor who just happens to be working in film. His manner and aristocratic voice inspire confidence in the viewer - even when he is talking about a subject such as vampires. Speaking of vampires - and, yes this is a vampire film - Dead Men Walk takes an unusual approach to the subject, one hearkening back to the days of old rather than transplanting a Count Dracula clone into the story.

Elwyn Clayton is dead, and no one seems too upset about his passing, including his identical twin brother Lloyd. By all accounts, Elwyn was a malevolent man who became as a man possessed after devoting himself to the study of the dark arts. One old lady enters the church and pretty much calls him out during his own funeral. Lloyd, for his part, hurries to burn his brother's papers and thus put an absolute end to his evil existence. Imagine his surprise when his brother suddenly appears to him in his study soon thereafter, filling the audience in on how he really died and promising Lloyd all sorts of torment from this point on. It seems Elwyn has learned how to conquer death; he has, in essence, become a vampire.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert E. Rodden II on March 25, 2005
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George Zucco has become almost as entertaining for me to watch as Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, and Bela Lugosi. He was a British Born, stage-trained actor who could ham it up if need be, like Price, or tone it down to play subdued, clever, sympathetic characters. He played quite a few mad scientists and super villians, but also complex, almost Bogart-style anti-heroes, in such films as "Fog Island" and "The Black Raven". In this low budget vampire tale he gets a chance to play the range from darkest evil to saintly savior.

In duel roles, Zucco plays both the kindly, almost saintly Doctor Clayton, who's brother (also Zucco), has died and we find at the very start of the film that he was a dispicable human being who played with witchcraft and satanic rituals. After dying, he is resurrected as a vampire, due to his allegience to satan, and begins taking revenge on his hated, saintly brother by trying to turn Dr. Clayton's niece into a vampire. The small town the doctor is revered in begins to suspect the good doctor of recent murders, and even his associate, a young doctor who is engaged to Dr. Clayton's victimized niece believes he is insane and covering up murders by claiming his brother is back from the grave. Handling the film elements deftly, Director Sam Newfield gives Zucco the chance to play a very Van Helsing-like character, and you are obviously meant to connect with the original Univeral "Dracula" film. Even Dwight Frye shows up here as the mad survent who protects the Dracula-esqe brother, calling him "Master", as he did Lugosi in the original "Dracula".

The movie is fairly well paced and atmospheric. Zucco is believable in both roles and the rest of the cast does a very good job of supporting him.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 30, 2007
Format: DVD
Evil Dr. Elwyn Clayton has passed on. Well, we sure thought he passed on. After all, there was a funeral, a coffin, which went into the ground, and the relatives divvied up the goodies. You would have thought that evil Dr. Elwyn Clayton was dead. But no, just like any other relative who has overstayed their welcome, Dr. Elwyn Clayton refuses to stay dead. Well, he refuses to stay in the ground. Dr. Elwyn Clayton has decided that he must stay alive...er...undead, and haunt his nice brother Dr. Lloyd Clayton (both Dr. Claytons are played by George Zucco, who later appeared in "David and Bathsheba" and "Captain from Castile," among many other films), and attractive young niece Gayle Clayton (Mary Carlisle, in her final film role; she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame).

I pause for a brief aside. Evil Dr. Elwyn Clayton is really evil. He keeps telling kindly Dr. Lloyd Clayton how he is going to turn niece Gayle Clayton into a vampire and she will be at his beck and call forever. This guy is not only evil, but perverted!

Kindly Dr. Lloyd Clayton has a bit of a trust issue with just about everyone, except niece Gayle. Gayle's love interest, Dr. David Bently (Nedrick Young, in his first role; he appeared in another two dozen plus movies before his untimely death in 1968), thinks kindly Dr. Lloyd Clayton is out to kill Gayle, only David is not sure how he is doing it.

The rest of the movie involves seeing evil Dr. Clayton running about trying to show how clever he is and kindly Dr. Clayton attempting to thwart evil Dr. Clayton. It is all in good fun and enjoyable if you are a fan of classic horror movies.

A couple other characters in this movie are worthy of note.
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