|THE FACE OF MARBLE (director: William Beaudine; screenwriters: Michel Jacoby/story by Edmund L. Hartmann & Wilhelm Thiele; cinematographer: Harry Neumann; editor: William Austin; music: Edward J. Kay; cast: John Carradine (Dr. Charles Randolph), Robert Shayne (Dr. David Cochran), Claudia Drake (Elaine Randolph), Rosa Rey (Marika), Willie Best (Shadrack), Thomas E. Jackson (Inspector Norton), Maris Wrixon (Linda Sinclair); Runtime: 76; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Jeffrey Bernerd; Monogram (United Artists); 1946)|
|"A goofy but entertaining 'mad
scientist' cult film."
by Dennis Schwartz
goofy but entertaining 'mad scientist' cult film
directed with B film skill by the irrepressible
studio hack William "One Shot" Beaudine ("The
Old-Fashioned Way"/"Boys Will Be Boys"/"Voodoo Man").
Though it's only asset might be the chilling
performance by John Carradine, I found that good
enough. It's based on the illogical horror story by Edmund L.
Hartmann & Wilhelm Thiele.
The screenplay is by Michel Jacoby, who
correctly handles the silly material without too
much reverence needed for a merely quickie
lightweight Poverty Row film.
humorless research scientist Dr. Charles
Randolph (John Carradine)
has moved to a remote location to secretly work on his
newest project, a chemical-electrical shock experiment
to bring the dead back to life. He's assisted by a
serious young physician, Dr. David
Cochran (Robert Shayne),
who for the last year has given up his medical
practice because he believes the discovery will be a
major breakthrough in medicine.
night in their lab, they try to revive a dead
fisherman they found on the beach, but alarmingly
admit they brought him back to a stage where he is
neither in or out of this world. He ends
up with a "face of marble, " revealing a ghostly
white look. Admitting failure, they return the
corpse to the beach. David worries these illegal
experiments could ruin his career if they are caught,
but the obsessed Charles's tries to reassure him that
they are close to succeeding and not to leave because
he needs his assistance.
has been married to Elaine (Claudia Drake)
for a year, after saving her life with a miraculous
operation. But Elaine's faithful servant, Mariks (Rosa
Rey), who was with her in her jungle stay,
believes Elaine would be better off married to someone
her own age like David and thereby prepares voodoo to
bring them together. Charles's regular live-in servant
is Shadrach (Willie Best), the frightened stereotyped
frustrated Charles criminally tries his experiment on
the alive Great Dane, Brutus, Elaine's pet, hoping to
get better results. But he screws up again, and the
dog turns into a menacing blood-drinking ghost who is
killing off the local livestock and threatening the
life of David's visitor, his fiancee Linda Sinclair (Maris Wrixon).
The dog is controlled by the black magician Marika,
who is obsessed to work her black magic no matter
By the time the geniuses figure out what Marika is up to is no good, tragedy has struck and Inspector Norton (Thomas E. Jackson) is around to see if he can make an arrest.
REVIEWED ON 1/25/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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