Bowery at Midnight (1942)

Article #331 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 2-9-2002
Posting date: 6-26-2002

A professor by day runs a flophouse by night, which is actually a front for his criminal activities.

This Monogram Bela Lugosi vehicle is probably one of the more serious ones in the bunch, and in some ways isn’t even a horror movie; it’s more of a crime thriller, in the same vein as THE HUMAN MONSTER. The DVD I have claims it has Lugosi in a dual role, but that really isn’t the case; the two characters are the same person, and the movie doesn’t really set that up as a surprise. There is at least one very fantastic aspect of the movie which involves the experiments that the doctor whom Lugosi keeps in the basement performs on the dead bodies of the victims; however, to reveal that would give away far too much. The movie is a little dull now and then, but overall it is a pleasant surprise.


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