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Dr. Cyclops (1940)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, Horror | 12 April 1940 (USA)
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A mad scientist working in the South American jungle miniaturizes his colleagues when he feels his megalomania is threatened.

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Tom Kilpatrick (original screen play)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Albert Dekker ... Dr. Thorkel
Thomas Coley Thomas Coley ... Bill Stockton
Janice Logan ... Dr. Mary Robinson
Charles Halton ... Dr. Bulfinch
Victor Kilian ... Steve Baker
Frank Yaconelli Frank Yaconelli ... Pedro
Paul Fix ... Dr. Mendoza
Frank Reicher ... Professor Kendall
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Storyline

Four explorers are summoned to Peru by the brilliant physicist Dr Thorkel. They discover a rich source of radium and a half-mad Thorkel who shrinks them down to one-fifth their normal size when they threaten to stop his unorthodox experimentation. Written by Steve Hill <shill@harper.cc.il.us>

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The mightiest thrill picture ever made! See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doctor Cyclops See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Luana Walters was originally slated for the role of Mary Robinson. See more »

Goofs

At the end, the remaining three survivors all agree to not reveal to anyone what happened at Thorkel's lab. Bullfinch was a renowned scientist whom Thorkel murdered in cold blood, not to mention the fact he also murdered Pedro. Sure, probably no one will wonder about Pedro, but won't people ask about Bullfinch's disappearance? See more »

Quotes

Dr. Rupert Bulfinch: I am a biologist!
Steve Baker: [Dismissively] Sure! A bug doctor!
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Crazy Credits

For unknown reasons, the opening credits do not list any of the cast members; they're only shown in the traditional cast card at the end. See more »

Alternate Versions

The scene where Dr. Thorkel murders Dr. Mendoza is missing from many TV prints. See more »

Connections

Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Giants (1996) See more »

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Not a great movie but still pretty good.
27 September 1998 | by jimbo-38See all my reviews

Albert Dekker plays the quietly insane mad scientist who makes one of the greatest discoveries in the history of mankind- how to shrink people. Unfortunately, a group of busy bodies stumble across his secret and can only see the commercial value of his huge radium deposit. What's a mad scientist to do? Shrink them, of course. Dekker is great as the amoral technocrat who sees his tormenters as nothing more than throw away subjects for his research. Nice, quiet, solid film with an undercurrent of evil personified by the sadistic Cyclops.


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