Black Friday

Black Friday

Boris Karloff
Director: Arthur Lubin Cast: Boris Karloff
Boris Karloff
, Bela Lugosi
Bela Lugosi
, Stanley Ridges
Stanley Ridges
Arthur Lubin


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Told in flashback as Dr. Ernest Sovac (Boris Karloff) is marched into the gas chamber, Black Friday concerns kindly history teacher George Kingsley (Stanley Ridges), who is seriously injured when he is caught in the middle of a gangster shootout. Kingsley's best friend Sovac performs an emergency "brain-ectomy," replacing Kingsley's graymatter with that of dying gangster Red Cannon. Though the operation is successful, the mild-mannered Kingsley occasionally lapses into Cannon's more brutal personality, and it is during one of these spells that he reveals the existence of a cache of stolen money. Hoping to use these ill-gotten funds to finance his neurological research, Sovac hypnotizes Kingsley into "becoming" Cannon, and while thus entranced the poor fellow commits several murders, including the elimination of his chief rival, mobster Eric Marnay (Bela Lugosi). Ultimately, Sovac is forced to kill Kingsley/Cannon "for the good of mankind," which brings us full circle to Death Row.

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/05/2014
UPC: 0025192139178
Original Release: 1940
Source: Universal
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:10:00
Sales rank: 57,879

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Boris Karloff Dr. Ernest Sovac
Bela Lugosi Eric Mornay
Stanley Ridges Prof. George Kingsley/Red Cannon
Anne Nagel Sunny Rogers
Anne Gwynne Jean Sovac
Virginia Brissac Margaret Kingsley
Edmund MacDonald Frank Miller
Paul Fix Kane
Murray Alper Bellhop
Jack Mulhall Bartender
Joe King Police Chief
John Kelly Taxi driver
Harry Hayden Bit part)

Technical Credits
Arthur Lubin Director
Elwood Bredell Cinematographer
Phil Cahn Editor
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Burt Kelly Producer
Jack Otterson Art Director
Hans J. Salter Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Curt Siodmak Screenwriter
Eric Taylor Screenwriter
Vera West Costumes/Costume Designer

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