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Classic Film Review: Black Friday – Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi!

Black Friday!

Karloff plays Dr. Sovac, a doctor with high ambitions. Both his friend and a criminal gangster are hurt and lie in a hospital. As Dr. Sovac examines them he finds that the gangster has a half a mill hidden somewhere. Hey, I got an idea. Why not put part of the gangster’s brain into my best friend’s head. The friend no longer has brain damage and I have a half a mill “for research” *wink-wink*.

The movie is basically a gangster picture with some horror/sci-fi elements. Lugosi is disappointing in his gangster role, trying to snarl it up with his Hungarian accent.

Karloff tries to keep control over Kingsley. He takes him to the same hang-outs as the gangster in hopes the gangster part comes out and then Sovac can get the money. Unfortunately things get a little out of control.

The whole film is a flashback sequence. We start out with the Karloff character being led to the electric chair and the audience follows the diary left behind. The diary idea is pretty neat, reading the pages and watching the action.

The actor who plays Kingsley (Stanley Ridges) plays a dual role — the kind professor and the evil gangster, complete with guns and dames. When Kingsley turns into “Red Cannon”, his hair turns black and has a nice combed part, and his wrinkles disappear. Pretty weird how that happens, huh? Bit of a Jekyll/Hyde motif.
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See this on DVD through the Bela Lugosi collection. Odd choice since Lugosi played a minor role. Karloff plays Dr. Sovac, a doctor with high ambitions. Both his friend and a criminal gangster are hurt and lie in a hospital.

As Dr. Sovac examines them he finds that the gangster has a half a mill hidden somewhere. Hey, I got an idea. Why not put part of the gangster’s brain into my best friend’s head. The friend no longer has brain damage and I have a half a mill “for research” *wink-wink*.

Plots!

The movie is basically a gangster picture with some horror/sci-fi elements. Lugosi is disappointing in his gangster role, trying to snarl it up with his Hungarian accent.

Karloff tries to keep control over Kingsley. He takes him to the same hang-outs as the gangster in hopes the gangster part comes out and then Sovac can get the money. Unfortunately things get a little out of control.

The whole film is a flashback sequence. We start out with the Karloff character being led to the electric chair and the audience follows the diary left behind. The diary idea is pretty neat, reading the pages and watching the action.

The actor who plays Kingsley (Stanley Ridges) plays a dual role — the kind professor and the evil gangster, complete with guns and dames. When Kingsley turns into “Red Cannon”, his hair turns black and has a nice combed part, and his wrinkles disappear. Pretty weird how that happens, huh? Bit of a Jekyll/Hyde motif.

See this on DVD through the Bela Lugosi collection. Odd choice since Lugosi played a minor role.

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