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The Black Sleep (1956)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | June 1956 (USA)
Sir Joel Cadman, a mad scientist, kidnaps his victims and cuts open their brains in an effort to discover a means to cure his wife's brain tumor.

Director:

Reginald Le Borg (as Reginald LeBorg)

Writers:

Gerald Drayson Adams (story), John C. Higgins (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Basil Rathbone ... Sir Joel Cadman
Akim Tamiroff ... Odo
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Mungo (as Lon Chaney)
John Carradine ... Borg aka Bohemond
Bela Lugosi ... Casimir
Herbert Rudley ... Dr. Gordon Angus Ramsay
Patricia Blair ... Laurie Monroe (as Patricia Blake)
Phyllis Stanley ... Daphne
Tor Johnson ... Curry
Sally Yarnell Sally Yarnell ... Nancy--Female Monster
George Sawaya George Sawaya ... K6 - Sailor
Claire Carleton ... Carmona Daly
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Storyline

England, 1872. The night before he is to be hanged for a murder he did not commit, young Dr. Gordon Ramsey is visited in his cell by his old mentor, eminent surgeon Sir Joel Cadmund. Cadmund offers to see that Ramsey gets a proper burial and gives him a sleeping powder to get him through the night, which Ramsey takes, unaware it is really an East Indian drug, "nind andhera" ("the black sleep"), which induces a deathlike state of anesthesia. Pronounced dead in his cell, he is turned over to Cadmund, who promptly revives him and takes him to his home in a remote abbey. Cadmund explains he believes Ramsey is innocent and needs his talents to help him in an project, which he is reluctant to immediately discuss further. In fact, Cadmund's wife lies in a coma from a deep-seated brain tumor, and he is attempting to find a safe surgical route to its site by experimenting on the brains of others, whom Ramsey comes to learn are alive during the process, anesthetized by the "black sleep", and ... Written by Rich Wannen <RichWannen@worldnet.att.net>

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The Terror Drug That Wakes the Dead! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Cadman's Secret See more »

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Budget:

$225,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Bel-Air Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Dr. Ramsey tells Sir Cadman that Curry weighed over 20 stone - that would be over 280 pounds (1 stone = 14 pounds). See more »

Goofs

When the evil doctor's last victim is uncovered, her facial muscles react visibly just before they pronounce her dead. See more »

Quotes

Sir Joel Cadman: Rome wasn't built in a day, so it must have been built in the night.
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Featured in Svengoolie: The Black Sleep (1995) See more »

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"The Black Sleep" is weak, but 'Rathbone' saves the picture...
14 January 2010 | by mrbill-23See all my reviews

I taped "The Black Sleep" off cable TV a couple years ago. I have only sat through this film two or three times.. I find it okay at best even with a stellar cast of great horror film figures like Basil Rathbone, Lon Chaney, John Carradine, Bela Lugosi and Tor Johnson in the film... The great Basil Rathbone actually saves this film from utter doom in my view. I say this because the rest of the cast are merely just in it for visual purposes.. Basil Rathbone is the only notable star who has a decent role here... I've seen far worse low-budget horror films in my time, but this here is pretty bad for the sake of stating the obvious... I only keep this film on file because of the very few / rare times that all these great horror film actors actually worked together all at once on the same set... BUT! By 1956, it was more than clear to me that all actors were long in the tooth and past their glory days without a doubt in my mind....

MR.BILL


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