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||IMDB Rating: 6.3/10 from APPROVED votes
||Release: 12 Apr 1940 /
||Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
||Director: Arthur Lubin,
||Stars: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
||Synopsis: Dr. Sovac transplants the brain of a gangster into his professor friend's body to save his life, but there is a side effect that causes a dangerous split personality.
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This is not a bad film; it's a serviceable "B" thriller. In fact it is
very reminiscent of the fine Columbia Studios Boris Karloff mad
doctor/gangster/horror films of the late Thirties and early Forties.
Curt Siodmak collaborated with Eric Taylor on a script variation of his
"Donavan's Brain" theme. It has the polished look of some of Universal
Studio's best "B" movies. Arthur Lubin's direction is competent-he
keeps it moving along-but lacks the zest he would bring to the 1943
remake of "The Phantom of The Opera" starring Claude Rains. It has a
good supporting cast that includes the lovely Anne Nagel, Paul Fix,
Stanley Ridges, and in a brief role as the reporter who is the
recipient of Dr. Sovac's notes, James Craig. Most important of all, and
this cannot be overstated, it stars Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, the
greatest horror team the cinema has produced. At least that is what the
credits would have us believe. And this is where the film unfortunately
goes all wrong. Karloff and Lugosi were a team with a fine pedigree;
"The Black Cat" (1934) "The Raven" (1935) "The Invisable Ray" (1936)
and their greatest collaboration, "Son of Frankenstein" (1939). They
even did bits together in two slight films, "The Gift of Gab" (1935)
and "You'll Find Out" (1940) with Peter Lorre. The chemistry the two
generated in their scenes together in their horror films was terrific.
Lugosi with his daemonic will to power and Karloff with his unique
ability to combine the sinister with the sympathetic have delighted
audiences for over seventy years. So it is not unnatural that devotees
of their films would approach "Black Friday" with extremely high
expectations. And for those expecting another Karloff-Lugosi teaming
the disappointment, the sense of being cheated, is enormous. "Black
Friday" is not a Karloff-Lugosi film despite what the opening credits
suggest. Not only do they not share any scenes together, but Bela is
relegated to the perfunctory, unimportant role of Marnay with very
little to do except to try to look and act like an American gangster,
who coincidently just happens to sound like Count Dracula. So what
It has long been rumored that Karloff was originally going to play the
duel role of Prof. Kingsley/Red Cannon-the best part in the film-and
Lugosi was to play Dr. Ernest Sovac-the part Karloff eventually took.
This would make sense. Sovac has a Hungarian name, so Lugosi's accent
would not have seemed out of place and also his daughter makes
reference to his being in the process of gaining American citizenship
while the Kingsley/Cannon part would have provided Karloff with a nice
variation of the type of roles he had been playing at Columbia. Instead
for reasons that remain a mystery, Karloff got bumped to the Sovac
role-Hungarian name still intact, Lugosi got the thankless part of
Marnay while Stanley Ridges, an actor no one wanted to see got the plum
role of Kingsley/Cannon! Who was responsible for this ineptitude?
Ridges was a good actor with a fine speaking voice, and he had a career
in supporting roles, usually playing minor officials or bureaucrats but
no one in their right mind would ever think about building a film
around him, certainly not a horror film. Not from a box-office point of
view. Not when you have the talents of BOTH Karloff and Lugosi on the
payroll. Then to add insult to injury when the film didn't perform to
expectations instead of blaming it's failure on the moronic
casting-imagine MGM casting Marie Dressler to play Juliet and then
wondering what went wrong-the studio heads chose instead to believe the
Karloff-Lugosi team was no longer box-office. It was a sad end to a
great horror collaboration, and the disappointment of Karloff and
Lugosi fans is thoroughly understandable.
Unfortunately while the miscasting is the most grievous flaw, it is not
the only one. There are other problems at work undermining the film.
The most serious being it completely lacks any atmosphere of horror.
Like many of Universal's Forties fare the film is slick and
professional but utterly lacking in any style. This can be deadly in a
horror film. As mentioned before the direction is serviceable while the
score-always one of the strong points of the Universal horror films-is
simply stock music and forgettable, except when it recycles some of
Hans J. Salter's themes from earlier horror films. The same might be
said of Elwood Bredell's cinematography-its serviceable but nothing
more. And that pretty much sums up this last teaming of Karloff and
Lugosi in a Universal horror film. Its serviceable and nothing more and
thats sad because with a little more thought and care-and more
intelligent casting-it could have been quite good. It is somewhat
ironic that RKO Pictures, Universals great horror competitor of the
Forties actually provided a more fitting coda for the Karloff-Lugosi
team in the beautifully atmospheric 1945 Val Lewton production of "The
Body Snatcher". They have only one real scene together but it showcases
both stars. And it gives Lugosi, in ill health and drug-ridden as he
was, one last chance to show the world he was a fine actor and not just
a flamboyant personality.
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