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Man with Nine Lives
     

The Man with Nine Lives

Director: Nick Grinde, Boris Karloff, Roger Pryor, Jo Ann Sayers

Cast: Nick Grinde, Boris Karloff, Roger Pryor, Jo Ann Sayers

 
Man with Nine Lives (released in England as Behind the Door) is the second of Columbia's unofficial "Mad Doctor" series starring Boris Karloff. This time, Boris is obsessed with the notion that he can come up with a cure for cancer. To do this, it is necessary for Karloff to freeze his patients, then use a revolutionary new serum on the bodies while they

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Man with Nine Lives (released in England as Behind the Door) is the second of Columbia's unofficial "Mad Doctor" series starring Boris Karloff. This time, Boris is obsessed with the notion that he can come up with a cure for cancer. To do this, it is necessary for Karloff to freeze his patients, then use a revolutionary new serum on the bodies while they're in a state of suspended animation. Alas, Karloff is accidentally locked up with his deep-frozen subjects. When thawed out years later, he and the patients are alive and healthy. But when Karloff learns that his formula has been destroyed, he lapses into lunacy and uses his storage-locker comrades as unwilling guinea pigs in an effort to recreate the serum. Man with Nine Lives can be considered a real (ouch!) chiller.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Man with Nine Lives -- a good title, although not necessarily for this particular film -- is a nifty little lesser-known Boris Karloff flick. It's definitely not a classic; no James Whale was at the helm to add a touch of magic, and the story lacks the underlying emotional undercurrents of a classic work like Frankenstein. But it's a neat little programmer, with an interesting gimmick -- namely, cryogenics at a time before that term had even been coined. That said, it also must be admitted that the science involved in this movie is really and truly laughable; people apparently are put into suspended animation through nothing more than the application of some well-placed and sizeable ice cubes. Even more amusingly, they are brought back to life by an infusion of. . ..hot coffee? But Lives doesn't need any degrees in science; it has Karloff instead, and he's in very fine form here. Could any other actor have brought off the transformation he does here, going from genuinely caring and well-intentioned doctor to raving mad doctor, in practically the blink of an eye and with, really, only the slightest motivation? But Karloff pulls it off, unquestionably. He also helps in raising what is probably an unintended question, namely "To what ends can a scientist go in pursuit of research that has the potential to change the world?" Karloff aside, there's not much going on in the acting department, and the direction is pretty standard, but there are a few special effects worth noting, and the ice house sequences have a great look -- and, judging by the frozen breath of the actors, a legitimately frozen look.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/04/2005
UPC:
0043396111639
Original Release:
1940
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:13:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Boris Karloff Dr. Leon Kravaal
Roger Pryor Dr. Tim Mason
Jo Ann Sayers Judith Blair
Stanley Brown Bob Adams
John Dilson John Hawthorne
Hal Taliaferro Sheriff Stanton
Charles Trowbridge Dr. Harvey
Ernie S. Adams Pete Daggett
Bruce Bennett State Trooper
Byron Foulger Dr. Bassett
Ivan Miller Sheriff Haley
Lee Willard Jasper Adams
Wally Wales Sheriff Stanton

Technical Credits
Nick Grinde Director
Lionel Banks Art Director
Karl Brown Screenwriter
Al Clark Editor
Ben Kline Cinematographer
Wallace MacDonald Producer
Morris W. Stoloff Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Man With Nine Lives
1. Start [6:05]
2. A Mystery Man [5:11]
3. Warned, But Still Going [5:41]
4. No Better Haunted House [3:52]
5. Frozen for Ten Years [3:55]
6. Curing or Killing? [10:36]
7. Accidental Accomplishment [8:05]
8. Human Lab Animals [6:50]
9. The Worth of His Work [4:50]
10. Experiment Gone Awry [4:59]
11. He Needs Clean Bodies [7:46]
12. "The Work's Finished" [6:09]

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