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Doctor X

Released Aug 3, 1932 1h 20m Horror List
82% Tomatometer 11 Reviews 49% Audience Score 250+ Ratings
New York City reporter Lee Taylor (Lee Tracy) is doing a piece on a series of grisly, cannibalistic murders that have all been committed under a full moon. Police soon begin to suspect that the murderer works at the lab of Dr. Jerry Xavier (Lionel Atwill), a mysterious Long Island researcher who is doing an investigation of his own. Antsy for an inside story, Taylor breaks into the lab, where he meets and falls in love with Dr. Xavier's daughter Joan (Fay Wray). Read More Read Less
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Lee Jutton Film Inquiry Doctor X is often more silly than scary-but for classic film lovers, it's a must-see thanks to some groundbreaking Max Factor makeup, gorgeous cinematography, and a performance from one of the most iconic scream queens of all time, Fay Wray. May 8, 2021 Full Review Raquel Stecher Out of the Past a wonderful mad scientist mystery with plenty spooks, a few laughs and some sex thrown in for good measure May 6, 2021 Full Review Mattie Lucas From the Front Row A gruesome little chiller, made even more lurid by the sickly green hues of its early Technicolor. Rated: 3/4 May 4, 2021 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy A pre-Code sensibility combined with the eerie look of early two-strip Technicolor add up to a rather grisly chiller. Rated: 3/4 Apr 23, 2021 Full Review Pablo Villaça Cinema em Cena O technicolor de duas cores e a influncia clara do expressionismo alemo criam belas imagens e uma boa atmosfera, mas a trama ridcula e o personagem de Tracy irritante e parece ter sado de um cartoon. Rated: 2/5 Nov 22, 2006 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Disappoints as it plays like your average Charlie Chan crime thriller with some rather lame comic relief, a hardly puzzling mystery story and mostly stilted acting. Rated: C+ Nov 1, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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S R An important historic scary movie, but it was so dated. Regardless, it still kept my interest despite the melodrama and cheese. RUS. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 07/15/24 Full Review Steve D Nothing but pure cheese at this point. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 04/04/24 Full Review Alec B A great mad scientist movie (sort of proto Cronenberg in its plot) and one of the few horror films from this era that was often intentionally funny. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/10/24 Full Review Valerii Ege D Unfortunately, the story is disjointed within itself and cannot fill the path leading to the crescendo in the finale. And, of course, this disconnect makes the movie boring. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 11/16/23 Full Review David K This film is worth watching if, for nothing else, the brilliant, atmospheric, two-color Technicolor process. The brilliant color, fabulous art deco lab set, and odd camera angles give are so strong they overcome Lee Tracy's shtick. If you're a horror fan, you've got to see this one. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 06/18/23 Full Review Audience Member A great mad scientist movie (sort of proto Cronenberg in its plot) and one of the few horror films from this era that was often intentionally funny. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis New York City reporter Lee Taylor (Lee Tracy) is doing a piece on a series of grisly, cannibalistic murders that have all been committed under a full moon. Police soon begin to suspect that the murderer works at the lab of Dr. Jerry Xavier (Lionel Atwill), a mysterious Long Island researcher who is doing an investigation of his own. Antsy for an inside story, Taylor breaks into the lab, where he meets and falls in love with Dr. Xavier's daughter Joan (Fay Wray).
Director
Michael Curtiz
Screenwriter
Robert Tasker
Distributor
Warner Bros.
Production Co
First National Pictures
Genre
Horror
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Aug 3, 1932, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 1, 2009
Runtime
1h 20m
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