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The Corpse Vanishes

The Corpse Vanishes

Bela Lugosi
Director: Wallace W. Fox Cast: Bela Lugosi
Bela Lugosi
, Luana Walters
Luana Walters
, Tristram Coffin
Tristram Coffin
Wallace W. Fox


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Despite the typical Monogram drawbacks -- murky photography, stolid staging, ramshackle sets -- The Corpse Vanishes remains one of the more deliciously outrageous horror exercises of the 1940s. Bela Lugosi, as hammy as ever, stars as Dr. Lorenz, a European horticulturist whose octogenarian wife (Elizabeth Russell) needs fluids from the glands of young virgins to remain forever young and beautiful. Jumping to conclusions, the insane medico's rationale seems to be that the best place to find a virgin is at the altar. Consequently, seven young women are in short order poisoned by a mysterious orchid just before their "I do's" and brought in a catatonic state to Dr. Lorenz' mansion in Brookdale. Cub reporter Pat Hunter (Luana Walters) is on to the scheme and visits the Lorenz estate under the pretense of researching an article on orchids. With a typical sound-stage storm brewing up, she agrees to spend the night, and what a night it proves to be. Not only is poor Pat awakened by a visit from Dr. Lorenz' slobbering, hunchbacked helper, Angel (Frank Moran, who stalks her while eating a drumstick), the reporter is also slapped in the face by the disagreeable countess, snubbed by a nasty dwarf (Angelo Rossitto), and nearly suffers the same fate as the poor brides when rescued in the nick of time by an enraged housekeeper (Minerva Urecal) and her boyfriend, Dr. Foster (Tristram Coffin).

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/23/2021
UPC: 0191092454687
Original Release: 1942
Rating: NR
Source: Digicomtv
Time: 1:03:00
Sales rank: 63,425

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bela Lugosi Dr. Lorenz
Luana Walters Pat Hunter
Tristram Coffin Dr. Foster
Elizabeth Russell Countess Lorenz
Minerva Urecal Fagah
Kenneth Harlan Keenan
Vince Barnett Sandy
Joan Barclay Alice Wentworth
Frank Moran Angel
Gwen Kenyon Peggy Woods
George Eldredge Mike
Angelo Rossitto Toby

Technical Credits
Wallace W. Fox Director
Jack Dietz Producer
Harvey Harris Gates Screenwriter
Glen Glenn Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Golden Editor
Arthur Hammond Asst. Director
Sam Katzman Producer
Johnny Lange Musical Direction/Supervision
Dave Milton Art Director
Lew Porter Musical Direction/Supervision
Art Reed Cinematographer
Sam Robins Screenwriter
Edward W. Rote Production Manager
Barney A. Sarecky Associate Producer
Gerald J. Schnitzer Screenwriter

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