Black Friday (1934)





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When his friend Professor Kingsely (Ridges) is at deaths door, brain surgeon Dr. Sovac (Karloff) saves his life by means of an illegal operation that transplants part of injured gangster Red Cannon's brain. Unfortunately, the operation has a disasterous Jeckll and Hyde side effect and under certain conditions the persona of Cannon emerges. Sovac soon learns of the duel personality and of half a million dollars the gangster has hidden away. He attempts to find the money through the manipulation of his friend, an attempt that brings Kingsley closer to madness as he alternates between a meek professor of english and a brutal gangster out for murderous revenge on those who tried to kill him.
Classics , Drama , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Full Review… | March 24, 2006
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February 13, 2004
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Vastly inferior to the other Karloff-Lugosi vehicles from Universal, but it's actually a pretty sharp little horror film -- and of some note historically.

Full Review… | July 30, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The results are a mixed bag, but there's enough entertainment to be gotten from this B-film to make it a satisfying watch.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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Audience Reviews for Black Friday


Definitely a B-film from Universal Great Horror Period. While billed as co-starring Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff, Lugosi only briefly appears, and not with Karloff (even stranger was that I watched this movie on a DVD billed as the Bela Lugosi Collection). Karloff plays a surgeon whose friend is dying, and in order to save his life, the surgeon implants a portion of a gangsters brain...and the friend starts to act like the gangster (and Karloff uses this to his advantage in order to get some money the gangster has hidden). It is weird and kind of dull and not particularly good. I didn't really get into this one for whatever reason.

Ken Scheck
Ken Scheck

The best Karloff/Lugosi teamup I've seen.Gangster's & a mad scientist trying to figure out where the $$$ at,A man who switches back & forth between a gangster & himself after a brain transplant.This flick is definitely something different

Brody Manson
Brody Manson

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Lugosi in a smaller role as a gangster in pursuit of the money hidden by his rival, whose brain has been placed into a college professor by Karloff in a last ditch effort to save the prof's life. Soon the professor begins to be taken over by the gangster persona, while Karloff angles to get ahold of the missing money. Watchable, but nothing I'll re-watch too often.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

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