The Corpse Vanishes
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Interestingly, there are some definite similarities between this 1942 film and 1931's Dracula: Lugosi plays an evil man who must steal the life essence from beautiful young women in order to hold mortality at bay; Lorenz secretly enters the rooms of his guests during the night and stares down at them with the look Lugosi is famous for; Lorenz and his wife sleep in coffins; and the dim-witted, eternally slump-backed assistant (called Angel of all things) can be compared with Dracula's Renfield.Read more ›
The story, such as it is, concerns a series of brides who seem to drop dead during their weddings--and to make matters worse, their bodies are stolen shortly thereafter. The police are baffled, but intrepid girl reporter Pat Hunter (Luana Walters) discovers that all the brides wore a strangely scented orchid corsage. Pat tracks the orchid to horticuluralist and mad scientist Dr. Lorenz (Lugosi), who is snatching up the brides to drain them of bodily fluids need by his decaying wife (Elizabeth Russell.) Although the brides seem dead, they are actually kept alive in suspended animation until they are drained dry. With the aid of Dr. Foster (Tris Coffin), Pat decides to stage a wedding that will lure Dr. Lorenz to his doom. Unfortunately, the whole thing takes takes sixty-four minutes to do, and by the time the credits roll you'd swear it had actually taken one hundred ninety-two.
Lugosi, as usual, gives the whole thing one hundred ten percent, and it is always a pleasure to see Elizabeth Russell, an actress who is particularly associated with Val Lewton and such films as CAT PEOPLE. In truth, the major players aren't at all bad. They just don't have anything to work with in terms of plot or script. Is it any wonder that the infamous Mystery Science Theatre 3000 took on this particular title? None at all! Hardcore Lugosi and Russell fans will want to see THE CORPSE VANISHES, but all others are warned away!
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Doesn't play on computer..., this manufacture should know that a lot of people watch movies on their computer especially if they don't have a DVD player.Published 2 months ago by Richard D. Valero
Not one of belays best but fun ! Enjoyable old black & white film !Published 4 months ago by Sadcelticlady
This horror story plot is simple: Bela Lugosi is Dr. George Lorenz. Dr. Lorenz is a scientist with a wife of unknown age. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Rainey Dawn
Film okay for this sort of thing. Picture quality way below acceptable. There HAS to be a better print out there,Published 13 months ago by Reg Hartt
A woman says "I do" and dies. The next thing you know, it's become a habit........or a fashion statement, considering all these victims had one thing in common. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Einsatz