|CONDEMNED TO LIVE (director: Frank Strayer; screenwriter: story and screenplay by Karen de Wolf; cinematographer: M.A. Andersen; editor: Roland D. Reed; music: Abe Meyer; cast: Ralph Morgan (Professor Paul Kriston), Maxine Doyle (Marguerite Mane), Russell Gleason (David), Pedro de Cordoba (Dr. Anders Bizet), Mischa Auer (Zan, the Hunchback), Lucy Beaumont (Mother Molly) Runtime: 68; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Maury M. Cohen; Independent International Pictures Corp (Invincible Pictures); 1935)|
|"An endearing vampire tale."
by Dennis Schwartz
sympathetic to the blood suckers vampire flick, a
low-budget copy of Lionel Atwill's The Vampire Bat
(1933), uses a similar plot and that film's music and
is also directed by Frank Strayer ("It's a
Great Life"/"Blondie for Victory"/"Behind Stone
Walls"). "Condemned" is based on the story and
screenplay by Karen de Wolf. It's
clearly B film stuff, that's dull in spots. Otherwise
it's an endearing vampire tale.
small European village, during a full moon, the
kindhearted Professor Paul Kriston (Ralph
Morgan) blacks out and goes vampire
to terrorize the community. We learn he was as a child
bitten by a vampire bat in an African cave, as his
explorer parents were on a mission there. The
professor's faithful hunchback servant, Zan (Mischa
Auer), on board since the African days,
covers up for him by dumping the bodies. But things
get chilly when the mob suspects Zan of being the
Pedro de Cordoba plays
the vampire hunter, an old family friend who suspects
that the professor is the one transformed into a giant
vampire bat. Maxine Doyle plays
the girl the professor is engaged to.
filmed on the same sets of Universal's The Vampire Bat
location at Bronson Canyon.
REVIEWED ON 5/30/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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