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A physician on death row for a mercy killing is allowed to experiment on a serum using a criminals' blood, but secretly tests it on himself. He gets a pardon, but finds out he's become a Jekyll-&-Hyde.
Beware! When Karloff stops the clock, your hour has come!
Title: Before I Hang
Release Date: September 17, 1940
Runtime: 62 mins
All Genres: Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi
Colors: Black and White
IMDB Rating: 6.0
Brimstone Pit Rating: 7 - (Rate This Horror Movie)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With B
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Boris Karloff ...Dr. John Garth
Evelyn Keyes ...Martha Garth
Bruce Bennett ...Dr. Paul Ames
Edward Van Sloan ...Dr. Ralph Howard
Ben Taggart ...Warden Thompson
Pedro de Cordoba ...Victor Sondini
Wright Kramer ...George Wharton
Bertram Marburgh ...Stephen Barclay
Don Beddoe ...Capt. McGraw
Robert Fiske ...District Attorney
Kenneth MacDonald ...Anson, Prison Guard
Frank Richards ...Otto Krone - Convict
Ernie Adams ...Sam - Hospital Prison Orderly
Stanley Brown ...Prison Gate Guard
Frederick Burton ...Governor Prentiss
Jack Cheatham ...Patrolman Olson
Edward Earle ...Dr. Nichols
Richard Fiske ...Mandish
Sam Harris ...Courtroom Spectator
Eddie Laughton ...Guard
James T. Mack ...Butler
George McKay ...Reardon
Bert Moorhouse ...Cousel at Defense Table
Edmund Mortimer ...Courtroom Spectator
Charles Trowbridge ...Judge Braden
John Tyrrell ...Sanders
Gohr Van Vleck ...Police dispatcher
Robert Hardy Andrews
More Movie Taglines:
- Beware! When Karloff stops the clock, your hour has come!
- Chill-filled tale of a monster!
- DOOMED TO KILL...BY THE MURDERER'S BLOOD IN HIS VEINS! (oringinal print ad
- all caps)
- Dr. John Garth: Someday, somehow, medical science will find a way to end the needless, ghastly suffering caused by the ravages of age!
Dr. John Garth: And when my body is brought back from the autopsy room, apply the tests that i've outlined to you. Dr. Ralph Howard: But... Dr. John Garth: ...and you must forget that we've worked together, that we are friends. You must go on! Learn what you can from the study of my heart, my brain, and my blood!
Dr. John Garth: There's a curtain, a wall I can't get through.
Dr. John Garth: Well, you want to go on living, don't you? Victor Sondini: Why, I've had a very full life, I... After all, man's span of life is only supposed to be threescore and ten. Dr. John Garth: Who made that rule? George, your old age is a disease, and I can cure it!
Victor Sondini: You know, it's not so easy to say the end is coming - the fire is burned out!
- This film was shot in the house later used in the 1945 title The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) staring Hurd Hatfield.
Film Daily Year Book (1941) and American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films 1931-1940 list the running time as 71 minutes; however, the original review in Variety, 2 October 1940, which followed the film's premiere in Lincoln, Nebraska on 26 September 1940, records it as 62 minutes, which corresponds to the time of the print from Sony shown on Turner Classic Movies in October 2008.
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