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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Corpse Vanishes (1942)

Brides are dropping over dead at the altar.  Their bodies are mysteriously disappearing.  Enter Patricia Hunter [played nicely by Luanna Walters], a crackerjack reporter who is bound and determined to get the inside scoop on this story.  Along the way she encounters the mysterious Dr. Lorenz [Bela Lugosi in a less than impressive performance] and his demanding wife who is searching for the fountain of youth.  It's a good set up for a movie, but The Corpse Vanishes never delivers the goods.
Things get a little strange along the way.  The good doctor and his wife like to sleep in his and her coffins.  Their servants include an old hag and her two sons -- one of which is an evil dwarf and the other is a dimwitted pervert.  Then the movie resolves in a way that is totally predictable with not a single twist or surprise to be found.  Yawn!  This is NOT the Bela Lugosi I love in Dracula (1931).  It's a by the book performance that brings nothing new or interesting to the table.  It's just another made scientist with too much time on his hands!
The Corpse Vanishes can be viewed online at Archive.org as well as a number of other places.  Bing.com will point you nicely in the right direction if you type in the title of the film and hit the "videos" tab at the top of the page.  
Rating: Fair.
Download a copy of the film from Archive.org
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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