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Bowery at Midnight (1942)

Approved | | Crime, Thriller | 30 October 1942 (USA)
Kindly soup kitchen operator and professor of criminology Karl Wagner uses his soup kitchen as a front for a criminal gang who commit a series of daring robberies and murders. When things ... See full summary »

Director:

Wallace Fox

Writers:

Gerald Schnitzer (original story), Gerald Schnitzer (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Bela Lugosi ... Professor Brenner aka Karl Wagner
John Archer ... Richard Dennison
Wanda McKay ... Judy Malvern
Tom Neal ... Frankie Mills
Vince Barnett ... Charley
Anna Hope Anna Hope ... Mrs. Brenner
John Berkes ... Fingers Dolan
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Capt. Mitchell
Dave O'Brien ... Pete Crawford
Lucille Vance ... Mrs. Malvern
Lew Kelly Lew Kelly ... Doc Brooks
Wheeler Oakman ... Stratton
Ray Miller Ray Miller ... Big Man
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Storyline

Kindly soup kitchen operator and professor of criminology Karl Wagner uses his soup kitchen as a front for a criminal gang who commit a series of daring robberies and murders. When things get out of hand, Wagner kills his henchmen, who wind up as zombies in the cellar of the soup kitchen. Written by Wheeler Winston Dixon

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The monster and the ghoul! One deals in wholesale murder...the other serves as a torture-master of the living dead! See it and shudder!

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Crime | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Burial at Midnight See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the background of the scene where Tom Neal pretends to be a blind man can be seen a poster for Monogram's "Mr. Wise Guy" (1942) starring the East Side Kids. See more »

Goofs

The New York Police Department precinct depicted is the 45th, which is in the Bronx, not in the Bowery neighborhood of Manhattan. See more »

Quotes

Prof. Frederick Brenner, alias Karl Wagner: Buck! How often have I told you to keep that cat from desecrating my graves?
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References The Corpse Vanishes (1942) See more »

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Two roles for Bela in this one
27 June 2005 | by chris_gaskin123See all my reviews

Bowery at Midnight is one of the many low budget chillers that Bela Lugosi made during the 1940's and is one of the better ones I have seen.

Bela has two roles in this movie, in the daytime he is a college lecturer and at night, he runs a Bowery where dropouts hang out. It's at the Bowery where killings start and he has an assistant who does these killings in the cellar where they revived as zombies. He uses an escaped murder to help him too.

Bowery at Midnight has some of the things you would expect in this type of movie: hidden doorways, secret rooms and a hunchback assistant.

Joining Bela in the cast is Wanda McKay (The Monster Maker) and John Archer (Destination Moon).

This movie is worth watching if you get the chance. Very creepy at times.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5.


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