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Terror by Night

Director: Roy William Neill
Country/ Year: USA 1946



Inexpertly timed comic relief and a limpidly plotted enigma are unmissable clues that the next-to-last of the classic “Sherlock Holmes”-features is as drained as finally the whole movie series.

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The Woman in Green

Director: Roy William Neill
Country/ Year: USA 1945



Though it borrows from to classic “Sherlock Holmes”-stories as well as Jack-the-Ripper-lore, the minatory murder tale retains some suspenseful originality as well as the classic cast of the series.

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The Fatal Hour

Director: William Nigh
Country/ Year: USA 1940



A spunky girl reporter, a corpse floating in the San Francisco Bay and a precious jade. Add Boris Karloff as chinese detective and You get a “Charlie Chan”- rip off minus the intentional laughs.

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The Corpse Vanishes

Director: Wallace Fox
Country/ Year: USA 1942



Flowers of evil grow in the laboratory of Bela Lugosi’s mad botanist who vainly tries to restore the youth of his bride (Val Lewton regular Elizabeth Russel) with the blood of other unlucky brides.

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Bowery at Midnight

Director: Wallace Fox
Country/ Year: USA 1942



During war time one couldn’t even trust a soup kitchen if it was kept by a foreigner like Bela Lugosi’s Karl Wagner: a heinous head shrink, head of a crime syndicate and a zombie army.

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The Bat

Director: Crane Wilbur
Country/ Year: USA 1959



One can’t go wrong with Vincent Price, creepy setting and an often remade stage hit. The latter has an iron hand clawing woman’s throats, preferably that of Agnes Moorhead’s crime author,

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The Monster Walks

Director: Frank R. Strayer
Country/ Year: USA 1932



When in a stormy night a young couple visits a sinister mansion, where rummy relatives and servants lurk, a murderous ape isn’t far. The most inventive strike here is that it’s not a gorilla.

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The Gorilla

Director: Allan Dwan
Country/ Year: USA 1939



For decades, Hollywood’s horror pet wasn’t the vampire bat but the titular beast of the sappy spook comedy. Bela Lugosi went apeshit again in „Bela Lugosi meets a Brooklyn Gorilla“.

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A Shriek in the Night

Director: Albert Ray
Country/ Year: USA 1933



Before dancing her way in audience’s hearts with “Top Hat”, Ginger Rogers probed her role repertoire in rom-com, mystery and horror. All three genres were this here film, where she swirls around a multitude of murder suspects and corpses while trying not to end up as one.

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The Amazing Mr. X

Director: Bernard Vorhaus
Country/ Year: USA 1948



An overbearing air of fatalism and forlornness mellow the uneven tale about lost love and morbid longings. Lynn Bari replaced Carol Landis who committed suicide shortly before shooting started.

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