The Crime of Dr. Crespi (1935) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Crime of Dr. Crespi (1935)

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A decidedly un-subtle performance from Eric von Stroheim marks this hilariously odd Republic production (vaguely inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's The Premature Burial), in which he plays an impossibly flamboyant mad medico who decides to torment his romantic rival by injecting him with a drug that triggers a cataleptic episode, simulating death. Eye-rolling Eric then seals the poor dope in a coffin and sits back to watch the fun when the drug wears off. Anyone who can out-leer co-star Dwight Frye deserves some degree of respect, and von Stroheim camps it up like there's no tomorrow. It's hard to imagine how anyone, claustrophobes included, could have found this film suspenseful when faced with Eric's wild gesticulating, insane ravings and madcap speeches, but there's plenty of entertainment to be found nonetheless.

Cast

Dwight Frye
as Dr. Thomas
Harriet Russell
as Mrs. Ross
Paul Guilfoyle
as Dr. Arnold
John Bohn
as The Dead man
Geraldine Kay
as Miss Rexford
Jean Brooks
as Miss Gordon
Joe Verdi
as Di Angelo
Dean Raymond
as Minister
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