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Bowery at Midnight

Released Oct 30, 1942 1h 3m Mystery & Thriller List
Reviews 17% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
Criminology Professor Brenner (Bela Lugosi) uses his soup kitchen as a front for a gang committing robberies and murders. Read More Read Less

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Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews This cheapie thriller goes down like a cheap bottle of Thunderbird. Rated: C+ Jan 30, 2015 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Aug 11, 2005 Full Review Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) Great silly Lugosi Monogrammer Rated: 3/5 Aug 7, 2002 Full Review Erik Childress Apollo Guide Rated: 66/100 Oct 30, 2001 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Bela plays a professor of psychology who also runs a soup kitchen under an assumed identity. He uses the soup kitchen to recruit hobos and criminals to perform robberies for him. After a robbery is pulled off, he kills his recruits and turns the bodies over to an alcoholic doctor who works at the soup kitchen. The doctor turns them into zombies that he hides in the cellar of the kitchen. Things start to go wrong for him when one of his students goes undercover as a bum to research a paper for Lugosi's class, and ends up coming to the soup kitchen. Oh, and the student's girlfriend happens to volunteer at the kitchen. A cop is also involved. This little flick packs enough plot for 3 movies into a compact 1 hour running time. For this reason alone, it's one of Lugosi's better poverty row cheapies. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member All may not be as it seems when man who runs a soup kitchen recruits patrons to join his criminal gang and then kills them. Interesting thriller is not very scary and has few surprises, but is divertng enough. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Lugosi can't save it, but his performance isn't his worse. The story isn't entirely terrible, but it's not really interesting enough. The rest of the characters are pretty bland at most, and even the most exciting moments feel rather lackluster. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member One of the better B flicks, with Lugosi and a good bit of tension. And reanimation. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member Great silly Lugosi Monogrammer Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review bill t Not a bad Lugosi flick, all things considered. Lugosi operates a soup kitchen which is really a front for his criminal activities! He's pretty brutal, killing his partners just to create perfect crimes. He also, for whatever reason, moonlights as a professor. Noone realizes this until a young college student puts two and two together. There's some feeble acting by the supporting characters, but at least it's not a cheesy horror movie that Bela gets to do. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Criminology Professor Brenner (Bela Lugosi) uses his soup kitchen as a front for a gang committing robberies and murders.
Director
Wallace Fox
Producer
Jack Dietz, Sam Katzman
Screenwriter
Gerald Schnitzer
Distributor
Monogram Pictures Corporation
Production Co
Banner Productions Inc., Monogram Pictures Corporation
Genre
Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Oct 30, 1942, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Aug 11, 2016
Runtime
1h 3m
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