• Doctor X
    1 minutes 58 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Doctor X Reviews

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Super Reviewer

September 3, 2010
This movie combines mad scientists and mystery movies, which makes for a very interesting movie.
October 29, 2010
Creepy, but the problem is it has too many annoying characters. I thought the movie does get a bit creepy in atmosphere but the comic relief is annoying and the characters are a bit bland. But it's not particularialy a bad movie. I gave it a shot and thought it was pretty good.
September 15, 2009
Amazing, considering it was made in 1932. The special effects are great, and the color production, so unusual for the time is awesome. The story is a bit hokey, and the acting is a little over the top, but it is fascinating to watch and a real piece of cinematic history.
October 25, 2012
This is cannibalism

A serial killer is on the loose and a local physician, Doctor Xavier, believes he can solve the mystery but he doesn't want his efforts getting out to the public. A local news reporter discovers the physician's involvement in the case and sneaks around his house trying to uncover clues. Will the killer take out the reporter and doctor before they can stop him?

"I want to show you a new type of brain cell."

Michael Curtiz, director of White Christmas, Casablanca, Mildred Pierce, The Adventures of Robin Hood, We're No Angels, The Vagabond King, and Yankee Doodle Dandee, delivers Doctor X. The storyline for this picture is very interesting and contains an element of who done it, comedy, and horror all mixed together. The script is fairly clever and the acting is very good. The cast includes Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Lee Tracy, and George Rosener.

"What do you think about the incision at the base of the brain?"

Doctor X is a movie I DVR'd off Turner Classic Movies (TCM) during a Lionel Atwill marathon. It seemed like a great movie for this holiday season and it lived up to my expectations. The make up at the end was awesome and the use of the cadavers was a fresh and innovative manner for a villain. I strongly recommend catching this movie at least once.

"Synthetic flesh!"

Grade: B
October 4, 2012
Not high grade horror, but a good spook fest none the less. Would have liked to see more of the make up effects through out the movie as a whole very much wasted in the short time they are used. The nice mix of spooky and mystery based with the that one comic relief and romantic formula that was expected of the time. The two strip color gives a nice touch to the lab equipment.
June 30, 2012
There were a lot of characters in this film, so it was kind of hard to go back and forth.
March 17, 2011
Highly rated by the public after its release in 1932, this movie is a real thriller to watch.
Horror Movie Project
March 3, 2010
There was a period of time between like 1929 and 1932 when the motion picture industry didn't really regulate what was going on in pictures, so there were a ton of flicks released that didn't really follow any sort of censorship clause. This movie is supposedly one of these movies. We have "Rape," "Cannibalism" and "Murder" all taking place in this movie that was made in 1932! So its kind of a horror in the fact that they have a creepy crazy psychotic doctor, stalking around killing a bunch of scientists!

There is a ton of comedy in this movie too, that keep the audience hanging on. The real thing that is odd about this movie though is that it was part of a very rare form of filming where this movie from 1932 is in color. Not technicolor but actual colored film, very impressive for a flick of its age. I really enjoined this movie and the story was actually pretty good. The acting was terrible but other than that... Good movie.

Dr. X is another movie that I heard of in that Rocky Horror Picture Show Theme "Science Fiction/Double Feature." The movie was in no way scary and this is a scary movie deal so I am going to have to give Dr. X a 5 of 10. It was a great try with really cool gimmicks but didn't cut the mustard scary wise.

Dr. X will build a creature

January 9, 2007
Doctor X
Starring; Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, and Lee Taylor
Director: Michael Courtiz

A killer is stalking Gotham, butchering women--young and old--with a scalpel and surgeon-like precision. When the police turn their investigation toward the medical research insitutue operated by Dr. Xavier (Atwill), he hopes to prevent the entire institute from being tarred by scandal by conducting a scientific experiement that will identify the killer on his staff. With the moral support of his beautiful daughter (Wray) and a wisecracking crime-beat reporter (Taylor) standing by for the scoop of the decade, Xavier brings his collegues to his isolated country house... where the murderer soon proves himself quite unwilling to submit to Xavier's experiments, but not so shy about stabbing the house guests.

"Doctor X" is a fun little film that mixes the mystery, comedy, romance, and horror genres into a bubbling cauldron of craziness. From the collection of four surgeons at Xavier's institute, each more suspicious and apparently crazy than the one before; to Xavier's creepy bulter; to Xavier himself, the cast of characters here provide a rich pool of suspects. Wray and Taylor offer something attractive to look at admidst the strange collection of doctors and the bizarre, shadow-haunted scenery of the picture, with Wray presenting both radiant beauty and a very charming, very smart character. (In fact, Wray's beauty surrounded by the calculated ugliness of the rest of the film is a contrast that heightens just about every aspect of the film.

Something that will strike viewers coming to this film without foreknowledge--as I did--will be struck by the fact that instead of the expected greys and blacks, the film appears to be in sepia tones... until Wray makes her first appearance on screen, wearing a dress that's a startling, vibrant green in among the shadows and reddish-brown tones of the majority of the scenery. Later, there are other splashes of red and green; "Doctor X" was shot in an early version of Techicolor, and, while I found the reddish and/or greenish tint that was cast over everything generally tiresome, the bright splashes of concentrated color wow'ed me every time they appeared.

As a historical artifact in the development of film techniques, or just as a fun little comedy/thriller that's crammed to the brim with mad scientists, "Doctor X" is a movie that I think any lover of classic movies will enjoy immensely.
November 27, 2006
Amazing, considering it was made in 1932. The special effects are great, and the color production, so unusual for the time is awesome. The story is a bit hokey, and the acting is a little over the top, but it is fascinating to watch and a real piece of cinematic history.
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