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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Bowery At Midnight (1942)

Starring Bela Lugosi, John Archer, Wanda McKay, Tom Neal, Vince Barnett
Directed by Wallace Fox
(actor & director credits courtesy

A psychology professor leads a double life as a criminal, using a mission for the poor as a front for his activities which include theft and murder.

Here we have one of Bela Lugosi's thrillers for low-budget Monogram Pictures, notable for his dual role, and his morbid burial of his past accomplices in a cemetery in the mission's basement.  Anyone familiar with Lugosi's horror films may let loose a chuckle when he admonishes an associate, "I don't want your cat desecrating my graves."  It's a slight movie without much to recommend it, but entertaining in its own right.

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