Supernatural

  • 1933
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Mystery

The Halperin brothers, who made WHITE ZOMBIE, took a crack at the spooky again with this film, and the result was ho-hokum. Lombard is a rich heiress who has lost her brother. She's contacted by phony spiritualist Dinehart who says that he can put the bereaved sister in touch with the dead man's ghost. Dinehart plans a seance and has a mask made of the...read more

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The Halperin brothers, who made WHITE ZOMBIE, took a crack at the spooky again with this film, and the result was ho-hokum. Lombard is a rich heiress who has lost her brother. She's contacted by phony spiritualist Dinehart who says that he can put the bereaved sister in touch with the

dead man's ghost. Dinehart plans a seance and has a mask made of the late sibling, which he uses to show Lombard that the man was murdered by Farnum, who is Lombard's guardian and totally innocent of any wrongdoing. What Dinehart wants to do is get the decent Farnum out of the way, thus clearing a

path for him to move in and grab Lombard's money. Lombard falls for the ruse and tearfully exits. Warner is a doctor who truly believes that the spirit of a murderer can get inside the body of a living person and cause that person to continue behaving illegally. He visits Osborne, a convicted

murderess who was involved in a killing in Greenwich Village, which made her the darling of the tabloids. She awaits her execution and doesn't much care about what happens to her dead body, so she gives Warner the right to perform his experiments on her corpse, once the electric chair has shocked

her into death. She is in jail because Dinehart betrayed her and she hopes that whatever Warner does will help put Dinehart in the grave as well. Osborne is executed and Warner immediately begins his work. There's another seance and Dinehart takes the opportunity of darkness to slay Farnum. The

moment that happens, the drapes rustle (even though there's no wind) and Osborne's ghost invades Lombard's body. Suddenly, the formerly placid Lombard becomes the female version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as her face contorts and we can see that there is something amiss behind that gorgeous

physiognomy. Lombard has a large yacht and invites Dinehart to spend some time aboard with her. Once on the ship, Lombard tries to throttle Dinehart with her hands. Meanwhile, the dead brother, Williams, contacts Warner, who is ill, and tells him what's happening. Through this, Lombard's boy

friend, Scott, is found and told where she and Dinehart are at this moment. Lombard is about to kill Dinehart on the boat when Scott arrives and momentarily takes her mind off her strangulation attempts. Dinehart races out of the yacht's main room, runs on deck, and gets tangled in the ship's

ropes, thus strangling himself to death. Osborne's ghost leaves Lombard's body and Williams' ghost arrives and riffles the pages of a magazine to an ad about a Bermuda honeymoon. Scott and Lombard realize what Williams is trying to say, kiss, and the picture ends. Lombard hated this movie, hated

the thought of doing anything about the dead, and warned director Halperin that strange things might happen. While filming, one of California's frequent earthquakes hit the area and Lombard gleefully told Halperin, "See? I warned you." The dialog director on this movie was Sidney Salkow, who went

on to become one of the better B moviemakers, with credits that included many of THE LONE WOLF pictures, as well as THE ADVENTURES OF MARTIN EDEN, SITTING BULL, RAIDERS OF THE SEVEN SEAS, TWICE TOLD TALES, and many more. His first picture was WOMAN DOCTOR in 1939, when he was 30 years old.

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  • Review: The Halperin brothers, who made WHITE ZOMBIE, took a crack at the spooky again with this film, and the result was ho-hokum. Lombard is a rich heiress who has lost her brother. She's contacted by phony spiritualist Dinehart who says that he can put the bere… (more)

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