Black Friday (1940)

A man-made monster is on the loose!

I watched the 1940 Universal Pictures, gangster – film noir -horror, movie “Black Friday” on Svengoolie. Dr. Ernest Sovac is being executed and gives his notebook to a reporter on the way. The notebook recounts the story of how he ended up in prison. College professor George Kingsley is run down by gangsters having a vehicle to vehicle gun fight. For the doctor to save his friend, Kingsley, he implants him with parts from the gangsters brain. Now Kingsley turns, with the suggestions from the doctor, into a sort of Jekyll and Hyde. Now the doctor just needs to get a hold of the dead gangsters $500,000.

Dr. Ernest Sovac is played by Boris Karloff, while Bela Lugosi plays a rival gangster in the movie. Professor George Kingsley and dead gangster Red Cannon is played by Stanley Ridges (The Sea Wolf, Sergeant York, They Died with Their Boots On, The Phantom Speaks,

Streets of Laredo, No Way Out), Anne Nagel (The Invisible Woman, Man Made Monster, The Mad Doctor of Market Street, The Mad Monster), Anne Gwynne (One of the most popular pin-ups of World War II. She is the maternal grandmother of actor Chris Pine, Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe,

The Black Cat, Weird Woman, House of Frankenstein, Teenage Monster), Virginia Brissac (The Ghost Breakers, The Mummy’s Tomb, Operation Pacific, Phantom of the Rue Morgue), Edmund MacDonald (The Invisible Man Returns, The Strange Case of Doctor Rx),

Paul Fix (best known for his work in Westerns, played Marshal Micah Torrance, opposite Chuck Connors’s character in The Rifleman from 1958 to 1963) and Murray Alper (His signature character was a chatty taxi driver, The Maltese Falcon, Strangers on a Train).

Black Friday was directed by Arthur Lubin (Abbott & Costello films, Phantom of the Opera, Francis the Talking Mule, he created a talking horse in TV’s Mr. Ed, gave Clint Eastwood his first contract in film, Lady Godiva of Coventry, The Incredible Mr. Limpet,

Hold On! starring Herman’s Hermits), TV Episodes of The Addams Family, Bronco, Maverick, Bonanza). I liked the movie and will give it 4 out of 5 stars. For more information read Wikipedia, IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes.

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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