Friday, February 28, 2014

THE FACE OF MARBLE / Hollywood Pictures Corporation - 1946

It's Freaky Face Friday with Tabonga, here at The Dungeon!.. We gots a rare low budget thriller about reanimation starring the great John Carradine as the fairly normal 'mad' doctor and involves a love triangle involving his wife and younger lab assistant. Throw in an old hag housekeeper with voodoo powers, a black butler, a huge Great Dane hound and director William Beaudine, well, you have a weird little flick!

Eegah!! sent over a lil' soundclip of the theme and some lab sound from this movie for our earjoyment, sooooo, you can push the big red 'GO' button there in the noisy mad lab, NOW, Rufus The Gnat! Here's a taste of... THE FACE OF MARBLE!

John Carradine plays Dr. Randolph, he's working in his lab trying to reanimate a dead sailor found washed up on the shore with his assistant, Dr. Cochran, played by Robert Shayne, who all of us that grew up in the fifties remember well as Inspector Henderson on ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN. Robert was also in THE NEANDERTHAL MAN, SPACE PATROL, TOBOR THE GREAT, INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN, KRONOS, THE GIANT CLAW, SPOOK CHASERS, WAR OF THE SATELLITES, TEENAGE CAVEMAN, HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER and THE LOST MISSILE, that's just in the fifties!!

Even though the sailor opened his eyes for a moment, he is still dead after the experiment. The police inspector shows up, asking questions about the odd condition of the sailor after the doctors placed him back on the shoreline to be found.

The weird old housekeeper, Maria, likes to play with dolls... Voodoo dolls!!

The doctors experiment on a Great Dane, but, Maria puts a spell on the dog. Now, it's hostile to the others, bullets don't effect it and it can walk through walls and is only controlled by her!

Maria gasses Dr. Randolph's wife, Elaine, and puts her in a death coma, so, the doctors experiment on her to bring her back to the land of the living.

It works, but, now she's controlled by the evil Maria!

Maria commands Elaine to kill her husband, and so, she knifes him in the back!

Luckily, the butler, Shadrach, saw everything and goes to tell the Inspector what he has seen! Willie Best plays Shadrach, Willie was also in UP POPS THE DEVIL, THE MONSTER WALKS, THE NITWITS, MUMMY'S BOYS, MR. MOTO IN DANGER ISLAND, AT THE CIRCUS, THE GHOST BREAKERS, WHISPERING GHOSTS, A-HAUNTING WE WILL GO, THE MONSTER AND THE APE and HIGH AND DIZZY. Sadly, Willie died at the young age of 45 and is buried in North Hollywood.

Everything's calm when the police arrive at the doctor's home, and, Maria is dead by her own hand at the fireplace! Tune in tomorrow for another dose of Eegah!!

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