Corridors of Blood

Tag: Movie

Title: Corridors of Blood
AKA: Corridors of Blood
Year: 1958
Character: Resurrection Joe
Director: Robert Day
Cameraman: Geoffrey Faithfull
Screenplay: Jean Scott Rogers, Jean Scott Rogers
Runtime: 86
Country: UK
Genre: Crime | Drama | Horror | Thriller
Studio: Amalgamated Productions
Classification:
Notes:

Language: English
Audio: Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Colour: Black and White
Tagline: Tops in Terror!

 

Plot:

This enjoyably twisted British thriller was shot back-to-back with the equally warped Haunted Strangler and is one of the first films of any genre to address the subject of drug addiction. It stars Boris Karloff as Dr. Thomas Bolton, a London surgeon who believes he has developed a safe and effective anesthetic serum which he hopes will revolutionize the world of medicine. Unfortunately, a demonstration of the drug before a panel of his peers ends in a horrific mishap -- with his patient awakening under the knife -- and he is forced to leave his position in disgrace. To complicate matters, Bolton has become addicted to his own concoctions and is forced to enter an illicit arrangement, forging death certificates for a pair of grave-robbers (including Christopher Lee) in exchange for a regular fix and the means to continue his experiments. As one would imagine, this shady partnership leads him further down the road to ruin, culminating in his unwitting participation in murder -- for which he becomes the victim of a blackmail scheme. Karloff's multi-layered performance is one of his finest, bringing a great deal of pathos to his tragic character. This film was also something of a turning point for Lee, who had already risen to international fame in many Hammer productions by the time this film was acquired by MGM for American distribution.

Cast:

Boris Karloff as Dr. Thomas Bolton
Betta St. John as Susan
Christopher Lee as Resurrection Joe
Finlay Currie as Supt. Charles Matheson
Adrienne Corri as Rachel
Francis De Wolff as Black Ben (also as Francis de Wolff)
Francis Matthews as Jonathan Bolton
Frank Pettingell as Mr Blount
Basil Dignam as Hospital chairman
Marian Spencer as Mrs Matheson
Carl Bernard as Ned, The Crow
John Gabriel as Baker
Nigel Green as Insp. Donovan
Yvonne Romain as Rosa (as Yvonne Warren)
Howard Lang as Chief Inspector
Julian D'Albie as Bald Man
Roddy Hughes as Man with Watch
Robert Raglan as Wilkes
Charles Lloyd Pack as Hardcastle
Bernard Archard as Hospital Official
Frank Sieman as Evans, Hospital Night Porter rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Josephine Bailey as Child (uncredited)
Maureen Beck as Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Anne Castaldini as Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Gilda Emmanuelli as Annie (uncredited)
Charmian Eyre as Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Anthea Holloway as Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Kaplan Kaye as Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Desmond Llewelyn as Assistant at Operations (uncredited)
Skip Martin as Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Malcolm Ranson as Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Mavis Ranson as Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Marianne Stone as Woman Arrested at Black Ben's (uncredited)
Brian Wilde as Man in Operating Theatre Audience (uncredited)

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