Before I Hang (1940)





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Boris Karloff stars in this thriller as a prison doctor who concocts a formula allowing him to retain biological youth, but he seems to suffer from the same behavioral problems as the murderous man whose blood was used in the recipe.
Classics , Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Boris Karloff
as Dr. John Garth
Evelyn Keyes
as Martha Garth
Edward Van Sloan
as Dr. Ralph Howard
Bruce Bennett
as Dr. Paul Ames
Ben Taggart
as Warden Thompson
Pedro de Cordoba
as Victor Sondini
Wright Kramer
as George Wharton
Bertram Marburgh
as Stephen Barclay
Don Beddoe
as Captain McGraw
Robert Fiske
as District Attorney
Frank Richards
as Otto Kron
Barton Yarborough
as Stephen Barclay
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Critic Reviews for Before I Hang

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A minor Boris Karloff film, recommended for those who must have all his films in their collection.

Full Review… | February 20, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Before I Hang

This isn't a believable story even for a horror movie, and it reminds me of a lot of other movies like this.

Aj V
Aj V

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Before I Hang Starring: Boris Karloff, Evelyn Keyes, Edward Van Sloan, Bruce Bennett, and Don Beddoe Director: Nick Grinde John Garth (Karloff), a research scientist who devoted his career to cure the disease of aging, developes a successful anti-aging serum that has one teeny-tiny side-effect: It turns him into a mad killer whenever he sees blood. This is a decent little horror flick with sci-fi overtones and elements that resonate even louder today than they did when it was released in 1940. With its themes of mercy-killings of suffering old people, the death penelty, stem cell research, and anti-aging drugs (I can see Dr. Garth working in one of those "anti-aging clinics" we have a small chain of here in the Northwest), the fillm has something to say on a number of topics that remain the subject of heated discussion in the halls of both scientific and political power. With good acting--Boris Karloff once again does a great job at transforming one character he is playing into another one, with just his facial expression and body language to help him--and the supporting cast are all excellent in their parts. This is an interesting flick that might well be a real classic, due to its timeless subject matter.

Steve Miller
Steve Miller

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