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Doctor X

1932, Horror, 1h 20m

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New York City reporter Lee Taylor (Lee Tracy) is doing a piece on a series of grisly, cannibalistic murders that have all been committed under a full moon. Police soon begin to suspect that the murderer works at the lab of Dr. Jerry Xavier (Lionel Atwill), a mysterious Long Island researcher who is doing an investigation of his own. Antsy for an inside story, Taylor breaks into the lab, where he meets and falls in love with Dr. Xavier's daughter Joan (Fay Wray).

Cast & Crew

Lionel Atwill
Dr. Jerry Xavier
Fay Wray
Joanne Xavier
Lee Tracy
Lee Taylor
Robert Warwick
Police Commissioner Stevens
Mae Busch
Cathouse Madame
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  • Oct 15, 2021
    A great mad scientist movie (sort of proto Cronenberg in its plot) and one of the few horror films from this era that was often intentionally funny.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 21, 2017
    Oof. Not a good one, even for the camp value. The premise is interesting enough: a "Moon Killer" is on the loose, murdering and surgically cutting off portions of his victims. This leads police to Dr. Xavier and his assistants, all of whom become suspects, and the laboratories these men use have all the requisite special effects circa 1932. The biggest problem with the film is Lee Tracy, who plays a snooping newspaper reporter who clowns around, makes lame jokes, and repeatedly uses an asinine hand buzzer. The film is quite tedious to sit through, and several scenes seem elongated or 'filler' even for a total run time of 77 minutes. Another issue is that despite the use of darkness, shadows, and ominous faces, there really is no tension. The film is predictable and character motivations are absurd, so that even if you suspend disbelief and accept Dr. Xavier's theory about detecting the killer through an elaborate experiment measuring anatomical reaction, you still end up thinking, man, this is so stupid. At least I did anyway. I'm surprised others find it 'creepy' - even the slathering on of "synthetic flesh" does not produce a reaction of horror, as other great films in this genre will. Silly and annoying right up to that last scene at the end.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 16, 2010
    Doctor X was an early OK horror flick thats still good but seemed like it couldve been better then what it was.I enjoyed the humor that was thrown in but it seemed to take away some of the creepiness of the film.
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2010
    This movie combines mad scientists and mystery movies, which makes for a very interesting movie.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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