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Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Face of Marble (1946)

Monogram Pictures produced low budget films from 1931 to 1953 and was a part of a group of studios referred to as "Poverty Row."  This one includes the great John Carradine as Dr. Charles Randolph, a "mad scientist" who is experimenting with creating life out of death.  If it wasn't for Carradine's solid performance, this one would be in serious trouble.  The rest of the cast runs from just O.K. to downright cartoonish.  


This low budget thriller brings nothing new to the table in terms of storytelling.  The storyline was done infinitely better in Frankenstein (1931) as well as a number of other horror movies that followed in the years to come.  The budget constraints of The Face of Marble definitely show.  The sets and cinematography are simple.  The plot is unimaginative and formulaic.  Furthermore, the overall impact of the film was not helped by the quality of the print I watched which was streamed to my TV via Netflix.  It was slightly blurry and jittery.  Argh!  Hopefully a better copy of this film exists out there somewhere. Netflix version is God-awful.

I just couldn't get too excited about this film.  Even at a brisk run time of 72 minutes, it felt SO MUCH LONGER.  Skip this one unless you're hard up for entertainment.

RATING: Fair.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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