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|Dead Men Walk|
Actors: George Zucco, Mary Carlisle, Nedrick Young, Dwight Frye, Fern Emmett
Director: Sam Newfield
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
No Description Available. Genre: Horror Rating: NR Release Date: 27-AUG-2002 Media Type: DVD
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Lynn D. from PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA
Reviewed on 8/30/2013...
Always enjoy a classic. Dwight Frye is one of my favorite character actors and this is the last film he made.
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A Vampire Variation
Lonnie E. Holder | Columbus, Indiana, United States | 09/30/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Evil Dr. Elwyn Clayton has passed on. Well, we sure thought he passed on. After all, there was a funeral, a coffin, which went into the ground, and the relatives divvied up the goodies. You would have thought that evil Dr. Elwyn Clayton was dead. But no, just like any other relative who has overstayed their welcome, Dr. Elwyn Clayton refuses to stay dead. Well, he refuses to stay in the ground. Dr. Elwyn Clayton has decided that he must stay alive...er...undead, and haunt his nice brother Dr. Lloyd Clayton (both Dr. Claytons are played by George Zucco, who later appeared in "David and Bathsheba" and "Captain from Castile," among many other films), and attractive young niece Gayle Clayton (Mary Carlisle, in her final film role; she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame).
I pause for a brief aside. Evil Dr. Elwyn Clayton is really evil. He keeps telling kindly Dr. Lloyd Clayton how he is going to turn niece Gayle Clayton into a vampire and she will be at his beck and call forever. This guy is not only evil, but perverted!
Kindly Dr. Lloyd Clayton has a bit of a trust issue with just about everyone, except niece Gayle. Gayle's love interest, Dr. David Bently (Nedrick Young, in his first role; he appeared in another two dozen plus movies before his untimely death in 1968), thinks kindly Dr. Lloyd Clayton is out to kill Gayle, only David is not sure how he is doing it.
The rest of the movie involves seeing evil Dr. Clayton running about trying to show how clever he is and kindly Dr. Clayton attempting to thwart evil Dr. Clayton. It is all in good fun and enjoyable if you are a fan of classic horror movies.
A couple other characters in this movie are worthy of note. This movie would not be a real vampire movie without the addition of Dwight Frye as the vampire's sidekick Zolarr. Frye brought Renfield to life in the original "Dracula" with Bela Lugosi. He also played in "The Vampire Bat" and an array of other movies until his untimely death in 1943. Another interesting character actor is Fern Emmett as crazy Kate. Fern played in more than 200 roles in her 50 year career.
Several other character actors have numerous film credits that I leave to the viewer to investigate further. Among them are Robert Strange, who appeared in "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" (1945) along with more than 70 other films, Hal Price, with at least 270 film and television appearances, which included "The Lone Ranger" and "The Roy Rogers Show," and Sam Flint, with more than 300 film and television roles, the last of which was in the 1968 Monkee film "Head."
When you watch an old horror movie you never know what you are going to see. I enjoyed this movie. Dr. Elwyn Clayton became a vampire by studying arcane books and scrolls rather than being bitten by a creature with suspect oral hygiene. Having the same actor portray the vampire and his good brother was interesting too, though I was a little slow to pick up on the similarity between brothers, partially because of the quality of the picture.
Speaking of picture quality, it was generally good, but some of the night scenes were a bit too dark. I also thought the sound was muddy in places, but I could tell what everyone was saying.
I think fans of classic vampire movies will find this one an interesting addition to their collection. This movie has enough unique aspects to it that compensate periodically for occasional weakness in the acting and the problems that old movies have with sound and picture. If you are not a fan of classic horror or classic vampire movies, you will probably want to pass this one by.
1940's Horror B Feature Flick
Charles J. Rector | Woodstock, IL United States | 08/30/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Once upon a time, it was common for movie theaters to have Saturday matinees which consisted of 90 minute programs. Each program would include a cartoon or two, one or two short films, a chapter in a serial and the like. The centerpiece of the program would be a "feature" flick that was only about an hour or so long. These shows were always low budget B movies. One such B movie is the horror flick at hand, 1943's Dead Men Walk.
Dead Men Walk, which is set in the days of the Model T, opens with a funeral for the deceased Dr. Elwyn Clayton who as it turns out was killed by his brother Dr. Lloyd Clayton (both played by George Zucco). Turns out that Elwyn was messing around in black magic and had become a servant of Satan and Lloyd had to kill him to protect the town. Only problem is that unbeknownst to Lloyd, Satan has arranged for Elwyn to become a vampire.
However there is a local lady, Kate (Fern Emmett) who is on to the fact that Elwyn is still afflicting mankind. Most of the townsfolk think that Kate is kind of crazy, but Lloyd knows that she is knowledgeable about the dark forces. Lloyd also knows that Kate is the only other person in town who was aware of Elwyn's evility and of the fact that Lloyd was responsible for Elwyn's death. He respects Kate and for that reason comes on guard for the return of Elwyn now that Elwyn's corpse has been formally buried.
Meanwhile, Elwyn is not wasting any time since his burial and his subsequent becoming a vampire. He arranges for his servant in evility, Zolarr (Dwight Frye) to move his remains so that nobody gets any fancy ideas about destroying his corpse and hence end his existence in the world of neither the living or the dead. Additionally, Elwyn hatches a scheme where he will prevent Lloyd's daughter Gayle from getting married to her beloved Dr. David Bently (Nedrick Young).
Elwyn begins a series of nightly visits to the sleeping Gayle as if once is not enough and bites her in the neck each time in the same precise spot. He also visits his brother Lloyd who responds by attempting to shoot Elwyn with a gun even though Lloyd surely would have known that vampires cannot be killed by gunfire. For some strange reason, Elwyn does not even so much as attempt to bite Lloyd.
On one day, Kate discovers where Zolarr has hidden Elwyn's corpse and opens it so that sunlight strikes it. Now, according to vampire lore, the sunlight is supposed to turn the body to dust thus killing Elwyn, but all the sunlight does is strike Elwyn's corpse just as it would any old corpse. Shortly thereafter, Zolarr catches sight of Kate and kills her offstage. When her corpse is discovered, the frightened local folk form a vigilante group and go off on a rampage. All this sets the stage for an interesting ending.
Dead Men Walk is a hard flick to grade. On the one hand, the acting of George Zucco as Lloyd, Fern Emmett and Dwight Frye is well above the call of duty. On the other hand, George Zucco as the evil Elwyn, Mary Carlisle and Nedrick Young is of low grade. Zucco makes for a particularly unfrightening vampire. The scenes of the misty graveyard and shadowy nights are genuinely spooky, but the film's ignorance of Vampire lore is inexplicable."