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  • Doctor X (1932) & the Return of Doctor X (1939) - Authentic Region 1 DVD From Warner Brothers Starring Humphrey Bogart, Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Lee Tracy, Preston S Foster, Rosemary Lane, Dennis Morgan, John Litel, Huntz Hall & Directed By Michael Curtiz and Vincent Sherman.
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Doctor X (1932) & the Return of Doctor X (1939) - Authentic Region 1 DVD From Warner Brothers Starring Humphrey Bogart, Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Lee Tracy, Preston S Foster, Rosemary Lane, Dennis Morgan, John Litel, Huntz Hall & Directed By Michael Curtiz and Vincent Sherman.


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This is a double feature. Two films are on one disc. Extras include commentary for each film.

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  • Actors: Humphrey Bogart
  • Directors: Michael Curtiz
  • Format: NTSC, Black & White
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Studio: Warner Brothers
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JIW146
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,282 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Douglas M VINE VOICE on July 2, 2007
This DVD set contains 2 films from Warner Brothers, two of a mere handful which they released in the 1930s in the horror genre. While the films share a common name, they are completely unrelated.

"Doctor X" was released in 1932, an exciting story masterfully directed by Michael Curtiz and filmed in 2 strip technicolour. It tells of the investigation by a journalist of the moonlight murders whereby victims are killed and cannbalised by a full moon. Doctor X runs a research institute with as weird a collection of doctors as any horror film could want. The film moves to a climax at a gothic house by the ocean. The lighting is filled with sinister shadows. Lionel Atwill is riveting as Doctor X. The print has been restored by UCLA but a lot of white vertical lines appear and it is frequently hard to see what is happening. The 2 strip technicolour is more sepia, greens and browns, than colourful. The DVD comes with an interesting though verbose commentary. The commentator has his tongue firmly in cheek and he combines copious production information with pointed comments about the cornier aspects of the film. He is very entertaining. Also included is the trailer of the black and white version of the film which promotes it as much as a comedy as a thriller.

"The Return of Doctor X" is another thing altogether. It is an assembly line B film released in 1939 with an astonishing Humphrey Bogart in the role of Doctor X. The story bears no relation to the earlier film other than the use of a nosey reporter and a theme relating to the creation of synthetic blood. In the earlier film, it was synthetic flesh. Typical of a B, the film moves quickly with holes in the plot and curtailed scenes. The climax is more like a gangster film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 8, 2013
Although Universal was particularly famous for horror movies, it didn't have a lock on the genre, and during the 1930s most major studios took a crack at it. Warner Bro.s was famous for gritty, slice-of-life melodramas and crime dramas, but the studio also created two of the greatest shockers of the decade. Both DOCTOR X and MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM were popular tickets of the day, but while 1933's WAX MUSEUM remained famous over the years, the slightly earlier 1932 DOCTOR X was rarely seen or mentioned--even though it was probably the more innovative of the two.

Very, very loosely based on a mildly popular New York play, DOCTOR X finds reporter Lee Taylor (Lee Tracy) on the track of serial killer who first stabs his victims at the base of the brain and then cannibalizes the corpse. The killer, known as the "Moon Killer" because he strikes during the full moon, is tracked to a medical research center headed by Dr. Xavier (Lionel Atwill), who works to unmask the killer through a bizarre experiment that forces the suspects to watch recreations of the crimes and then measures their reactions. Ultimately, the killer goes after Xavier's daughter Joanne (Faye Wray), who is saved in the nick of time by the pesky reporter she has grown to love.

It may seem somewhat tame to us today, but in 1932 audiences hadn't been exposed to a glut of cinematic serial killers, and certainly not to serial killers that practiced cannibalism. The very idea was gruesome beyond imagination--and it was backed by beating hearts, blood spattered lab coats, strange experimental devices, potential rape, burning bodies, synthetic flesh, and a particularly grotesque bit of make-up. What's more, it was all in Technicolor.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Craig Connell on February 10, 2009
First of all, kudos to the Hollywood Legends Of Horror series to make these DVD transfers so nice-looking. Now, on to this two-disc DVD.

Doctor X - wow, what a shock - a 1932 color movie! Well, sort of......only two colors, but they look great. The two-strip Technicolor looked fantastic. Immediately there is a street scene of green and brown that looks tremendous....and eerie. You would think that only black-and-white might make this look eerie, but not so - that combination of green and brown was very effective and made this a fascinating visual film. Hats off to the UCLA film restoration team, which made this 75-year-old film look really good.

As for the story, well, let's just say it doesn't measure up to the visuals. It starts off looking like a fun movie, even - surprise - a comedy as the newsman "Lee Taylor" (Lee Tracy) cracks a few corny jokes. However, it settles down into a crime story (more than horror) and we wind up with a whodunit and a room full of suspects, a la Charlie Chan or Sherlock Holmes.

The suspects are all scientists working in the Academy of Surgical Research. A bunch of recent hideous crimes by the "Moon Killer" were all done in the vicinity of the academy, so they're the prime suspects. Even the head man at the academy, "Dr. Xavier," looks a bit suspicious. He is played well by Lionel Atwill.

The police give "Dr. X" 48 hours to find out if any of his employees are the killer before they totally take over the investigation and ruin the reputation of the scientific institution. All of the scientists, by the way, look and act creepy which adds to the mystery. Heck, they all could be serial killers.
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