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Corpse Vanishes

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fun little thriller with Lugosi

  • May 13, 2009
After starring in "Dracula" (1931) one of the first major horror films of the sound era, Bela Lugosi's career should have kept going higher and higher. Instead, the talented actor found himself struggling to stay afloat and maintain credibility in a series of hokey productions from 'poverty row' studio, Monogram Pictures. The movies Lugosi made during this career lowpoint came to be known as "The Monogram 9".

THE CORPSE VANISHES (1942) is generally regarded as quite possibly the best from Lugosi's stay at the studio. Luana Walters stars as intrepid reporter Pat Hunter, out to solve the case of the missing brides. All over the city, brides have been dropping dead at the altar, and their bodies mysteriously taken from the morgue. Discovering that each ill-fated bride was wearing a rare scented orchid at the time of her death, Pat's search leads to the upstate mansion belonging to Dr. Lorenz (Bela Lugosi). After spending a very spooky night at the Lorenz house, Pat is convinced he holds the answers to the murder spree...

All the right ingrediants for a classic horror movie are present in THE CORPSE VANISHES. Luana Walters is totally delightful as the snoopy reporter on the case, and Bela Lugosi is fabulous as the deranged Doctor. Also very memorable is Elizabeth Russell, playing Lugosi's equally-unhinged wife (she first greets Luana Walters' character by slapping her across the face!). B-movie stalwarts Minerva Urecal and Tristram Coffin co-star.

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