Black Friday

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Two of the horror genre’s most unforgettable icons, Boris Karloff ( Frankenstein ) and Bela Lugosi ( Dracula ), star in the thrilling classic Black Friday . Brain specialist Dr. Sovac (Karloff) illegally transplants part of injured gangster Red Cannon’s... read more

Two of the horror genre’s most unforgettable icons, Boris Karloff ( Frankenstein ) and Bela Lugosi ( Dracula ), star in the thrilling classic Black Friday . Brain specialist Dr. Sovac (Karloff) illegally transplants part of injured gangster Red Cannon’s brain into the head of his dying friend Professor Kingsley (Stanley Ridges). The operation saves Kingley’s life, but at a terrible cost, transforming him into a Jekyll-Hyde who is sometimes his timid self, sometimes vicious Cannon. When Dr. Sovac discovers Kingsley’s dual personality - and learns the dead gangster had hidden away $500,000 - he is determined to locate the money through the part of Red’s brain that still lives. Manipulated by Sovac, Kingsley descends into a horrifying abyss as he alternates between killing those who crossed Cannon and reverting to his own meek personality. Nightmarish twists and fast-wheeling action make Black Friday a first-class thriller.

Original Release

04/12/1940

Cast

Bela Lugosi Eric Marnay
Boris Karloff Dr. Ernest Sovac
Stanley Ridges Red Cannon
Anne Gwynne Jean Sovac
Anne Nagel Sunny Rogers
Virginia Brissac Mrs. Margaret Kingsley
Edmund MacDonald Frank Miller
Paul Fix William Kane
Murray Alper Bellhop
Jack Mulhall Bartender
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Arthur Lubin

Writers

Curt Siodmak, Eric Taylor, Edmund L. Hartmann

Cast

Bela Lugosi Eric Marnay
Boris Karloff Dr. Ernest Sovac
Stanley Ridges Red Cannon
Anne Gwynne Jean Sovac
Anne Nagel Sunny Rogers
Virginia Brissac Mrs. Margaret Kingsley
Edmund MacDonald Frank Miller
Paul Fix William Kane
Murray Alper Bellhop
Jack Mulhall Bartender
Raymond Bailey Louis Devore
Joe King Chief of Police
John Kelly Taxi Driver
Robert Morgan Hotel Associate
Jessie Arnold Nurse
Elfriede Borodin 2nd Nurse
Tommy Conlon Student
Franco Corsaro Club Maitre d'
James Craig Reporter Ernst Gives Notes To
Kernan Cripps Detective

Producers

Burt Kelly Producer

Editors

Philip Cahn

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