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Bowery at Midnight

1942
Bela Lugosi. By day, professor of psychology. By night, proprietor of a soup-kitchen that serves as the base for his criminal activities. Tom Neal of "Detour" fame also appears.
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"How often have I told you to keep that cat from desecrating my graves!"

Bowery at Midnight (1942) is a horror film starring Bela Lugosi. Lugosi plays a psychology professor by day who, secretly and under an assumed name, runs a Bowery soup kitchen by night called the Bowery Friendly Mission. Lugosi's character uses his soup kitchen as a means to recruit members of a criminal gang, of which he is also secretly the head.
Throughout the film, one of Lugosi's henchmen, a doctor who seems to be an alcoholic drug addiction, alludes to having plans for the corpses of henchmen Lugosi has had killed. Then, at the end of the film, these corpses are revealed to have been restored to life by the doctor. Lugosi's character meets his demise when the doctor leads the unwitting Lugosi into a basement room where the reanimated corpses attack him.
Towards the end of the film, the male lead, played by John Archer (actor), appears to be killed and mysteriously reanimated, in which state his girlfriend sees him. Then, in the film's final scene, he appears restored to his former health, and not like a zombie at all, and is about to (or already has) marry his girlfriend.
In one scene, with two policemen talking outside a cinema, a movie poster outside the cinema entrance behind them advertises Bela Lugosi in The Corpse Vanishes, another Lugosi horror film also released in 1942.

Cast

  • Bela Lugosi
  • John Archer (actor)
  • Tom Neal
  • Vince Barnett
  • Anna Hope
  • J. Farrell MacDonald
  • Dave O'Brien (actor)
  • Lew Kelly
  • Wheeler Oakman

See also

  • List of films in the public domain
  • Bela Lugosi filmography

Category:1940s crime films
Category:1940s horror films
Category:1942 films
Category:American crime thriller films
Category:American horror films
Category:English-language films
Category:Films directed by Wallace Fox
Category:Monogram Pictures films


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