Doctor X (1932) & the Return of Doctor X (1939)

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  1. 13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Really only for enthusiasts of the genre, July 2, 2007
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    Douglas M
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    This review is from: Doctor X (1932) & the Return of Doctor X (1939) – Authentic Region 1 DVD From Warner Brothers Starring Humphrey Bogart, Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Lee Tracy, Preston S Foster, Rosemary Lane, Dennis Morgan, John Litel, Huntz Hall & Directed By Michael Curtiz and Vincent Sherman. (DVD)

    This DVD set contains 2 films from Warner Brothers, two of a mere handful which they released in the 1930s in the horror genre. While the films share a common name, they are completely unrelated.

    “Doctor X” was released in 1932, an exciting story masterfully directed by Michael Curtiz and filmed in 2 strip technicolour. It tells of the investigation by a journalist of the moonlight murders whereby victims are killed and cannbalised by a full moon. Doctor X runs a research institute with as weird a collection of doctors as any horror film could want. The film moves to a climax at a gothic house by the ocean. The lighting is filled with sinister shadows. Lionel Atwill is riveting as Doctor X. The print has been restored by UCLA but a lot of white vertical lines appear and it is frequently hard to see what is happening. The 2 strip technicolour is more sepia, greens and browns, than colourful. The DVD comes with an interesting though verbose commentary. The commentator has his tongue firmly in cheek and he combines copious production information with pointed comments about the cornier aspects of the film. He is very entertaining. Also included is the trailer of the black and white version of the film which promotes it as much as a comedy as a thriller.

    “The Return of Doctor X” is another thing altogether. It is an assembly line B film released in 1939 with an astonishing Humphrey Bogart in the role of Doctor X. The story bears no relation to the earlier film other than the use of a nosey reporter and a theme relating to the creation of synthetic blood. In the earlier film, it was synthetic flesh. Typical of a B, the film moves quickly with holes in the plot and curtailed scenes. The climax is more like a gangster film. The print of the film is excellent and there is a commentary attached. The commentator nicely paces details about the film and it’s evolution with an interview with the director, Vincent Sherman, who was 99 at the time. Sherman provides interesting information about working in the Warner Brother’s factory.

    The DVD set is OK value but will really only be of interest to fans of the horror genre who will want to see the earlier rare film.

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  2. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    5 Stars for Doctor X; Oh, Well, for his Return, October 2, 2011
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    drkhimxz (Freehold, NJ, USA) –

    This review is from: Doctor X (1932) & the Return of Doctor X (1939) – Authentic Region 1 DVD From Warner Brothers Starring Humphrey Bogart, Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Lee Tracy, Preston S Foster, Rosemary Lane, Dennis Morgan, John Litel, Huntz Hall & Directed By Michael Curtiz and Vincent Sherman. (DVD)

    As other reviewers have pointed out, Dr. X is a little classic of 1932, filmed with a color experiment of the day, starring a first rate cast, led by the redoubtable Lee Tracy, and masterly direction by Michael Curtiz. It has chills, atmosphere and laughs, with no waste moments. A joy for any film buff and for most ordinary viewers who are willing to watch something in other than high tech.
    Dr. X Returns is a B picture, made to fill out the requisite double feature programs initiated to draw an audience during the Great Depression. Forgive Wayne Morris, who leads the cast, since he was later to prove an authentic hero, as a Marine Air Ace in the Second World War. Humphrey Bogart is still paying his dues for his later stardom as is Dennis Morgan. For a routine time-filler, it is OK, but not recommendable, fare.

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  3. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Bogart as Dr. X do you believe it?, January 30, 2011
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    This review is from: Doctor X (1932) & the Return of Doctor X (1939) – Authentic Region 1 DVD From Warner Brothers Starring Humphrey Bogart, Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Lee Tracy, Preston S Foster, Rosemary Lane, Dennis Morgan, John Litel, Huntz Hall & Directed By Michael Curtiz and Vincent Sherman. (DVD)

    Over the years, I’ve done my best to see all films with Humphrey Bogart. The Return of Dr. X convinces me that Bogey either desperately needed the money or he lost a large wager.

    Its hard to believe that this film was made only a few years before High Sierra and Casablanca. It’s OK though, it’s still Bogey.

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