The Mad Ghoul

The Mad Ghoul

Director: James Hogan Cast: David Bruce, Evelyn Ankers, George Zucco

DVD (B&W)

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Overview

The Mad Ghoul may well be the definitive George Zucco horror melodrama. The star plays Dr. Alfred Morris, a distinguished scientist whose obsession with an ancient Mayan life-preserving process has tipped him over into madness. In love with young concert singer Isabel Lewis (Evelyn Ankers), Morris is extremely jealous of Isabel's boyfriend Ted Allison (David Bruce), who happens to be the doctor's lab assistant. Killing two birds with one stone, Morris uses Ted as a guinea pig for his eternal-life experiments. Ted is transformed into a mindless zombie, though he occasionally lapses back into his normal self, with no memory of his zombified state. To stay alive, Ted must maintain a fresh supply of human hearts -- and to that end, Morris programs the poor fellow to murder innocent victims and tear their hearts right out of their bodies. When Morris programs Ted to kill Isabel's new beau (Turhan Bey), he goes too far, and becomes a zombie himself. A British film critic wryly summed up The Mad Ghoul thusly: "To be a ghoul must be disconcerting enough, but to be a mad ghoul must be the height of personal embarrassment."

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2014
UPC: 0025192049453
Original Release: 1943
Source: Universal Mod
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:06:00
Sales rank: 50,412

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Bruce Ted Allison
Evelyn Ankers Isabel Lewis
George Zucco Dr. Alfred Morris
Donald Smith Ken McClure
Turhan Bey Eric Iverson
Milburn Stone Sgt. Macklin
Andrew Tombes Eagan
Rose Hobart Della
Addison Richards Gavigan
Charles McGraw Detective Garrity
Gus Glassmire Caretaker
Lillian Cornell Voice of Isabel Lewis
Bess Flowers Actor
Hans Herbert Attendant
Lew Kelly Stagehand
Cyril Ring Extras in Audience
William H. Ruhl Stagehand
Isabelle La Mal Maid

Technical Credits
James Hogan Director
Miton Carruth Editor
Paul Gangelin Screenwriter
John B. Goodman Art Director
Hanns Kraly Screenwriter
Milton Krasner Cinematographer
Ben Pivar Producer
Hans J. Salter Score Composer
Brenda Weisberg Screenwriter

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