The Return of Doctor X (1939)





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Humphrey Bogart makes his first and last appearance in a horror movie in this film. Though the title implies that it is a sequel to the classic 1932 chiller Dr. X it is not. The terror begins when an eager-beaver reporter stumbles across the corpse of a popular actress who turns up, after much media hoopla, not to be dead at all. At least she seems to be alive on a surface level and is eager to sue the reporter's paper. The reporter can't help but notice that here skin is unnaturally pale and that she keeps her face concealed beneath a long-black veil. Suspecting that evil is afoot, he--who by now is unemployed--launches a private investigation to prove that she really was the corpse he saw. His search leads him into the terrifying world of a psycho blood doctor, and into a series of unsolved murders in which all the victims were found with no blood in their veins. Ultimately, the reporter finds himself face-to-face with the nefarious Dr. Maurice Xavier (Bogart), a man executed several years ago for murdering patients while performing Frankensteinian experiments.
Classics , Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Humphrey Bogart
as Dr. Maurice Xavier/Marshall Quesne
Rosemary Lane
as Joan Vance
Wayne Morris
as Walter 'Wichita' Garrett
Dennis Morgan
as Dr. Mike Rhodes
John Litel
as Dr. Francis Flegg
Lya Lys
as Angela Merrova
Huntz Hall
as Pinky
Charles C. Wilson
as Detective Roy Kincaid
Vera Lewis
as Miss Sweetman
Howard Hickman
as Chairman
Olin Howland
as Undertaker
Jack Mower
as Policeman
Creighton Hale
as Hotel Manager
John Ridgely
as Rodgers
Joseph Crehan
as Editor
Glenn Langan
as Intern
Ian Wolfe
as Cemetery Caretaker
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Critic Reviews for The Return of Doctor X

All Critics (4)

What makes this one worth a peek is that the role of a pasty-faced zombie-vampire is played by no less than Humphrey Bogart!

Full Review… | October 17, 2016
Creative Loafing

A minor vampire thriller that's in need of a blood transfusion.

Full Review… | December 18, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Embora superior ao original (o que não é difícil) e mantenha um bom ritmo ao longo de seus 62 minutos, o filme vale mais como curiosidade por trazer Bogart em um dos desempenhos mais absurdos de sua carreira.

November 26, 2006
Cinema em Cena

It is only the charm of its two leading men (Dennis Morgan and Wayne Morris) that keeps it afloat.

Full Review… | October 13, 2006
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Audience Reviews for The Return of Doctor X


No Lugosi or Karloff kinda detracted from this, but we do have Bogart in this one. A murder-mystery, this one had less humor as the original (but there was some that was a bit out-of-place). There was some Expressionism present (reminiscent of the earlier German school) which actually didnt seem out-of-place. I didnt like this one as much as the first one, though it was interesting seeing Bogart in a role like this.


This movie is supposed to be the sequel to Dr. x, but it strays so far away from the original that it's a different story altogether. Bogart, who wasn't in the first movie plays an evil scientist, and it's not his best performance. I didn't like this movie.

Aj V
Aj V

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The Return of Doctor X (1939) -- [5.5] -- The best thing about this movie is Humphrey Bogart's creepy turn as an executed baby killer brought back to life by the science of Dr. X. He makes a great villain, but unfortunately, no one else in this movie can match his screen presence. Overall, the sequel (in name only) is definitely better plotted and paced than the 1932 original, and benefits from a full musical score and a better cast. It's not a bad film. It's just not a very memorable one, either.

Scott Schirmer
Scott Schirmer

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