Doctor X (1932) Movie Review Summary

Actors: Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Lee Tracy

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A deformed madman is killing people on the streets of New York. The police suspect it's a doctor from the Academy of Surgical Research becuase the victims are cut open with a scalpel used only at that academy.
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To spare the academy's reputation, the head doctor, Jerry Xavier, convinces the police to let him conduct his own investigation. Xavier hides all of the doctors away from the cops and a nosey reporter at a remote mansion. He hooks them all up to a crude lie detector and re-enacts the murders to see which doctor's vital signs respond. During the experiment the lights go out and one of the doctors are killed.
The only doctor not to be a suspect is Dr. Wells, because he only has one hand. However, while all the other doctors are handcuffed to their chairs Dr. Wells uses synthetic material to construct a new hand, uses electricity to bring it to life and covers his face in synthetic paste. Dr. Wells attacks Dr. Xavier's daughter, Joan.
Lee, a reporter, had snuck into the mansion to get a story. He tackles and fights with Wells, allowing Joan to get away. He then hits Wells with a kerosene lamp, starting him on fire and pushes him out a window where falls to his death.
The review of this Movie prepared by Brandon Swenson

DOCTOR X is a movie in "glorious Technicolor" directed by Michael Curtiz in 1932.

NYC. Six murders in six months, always when it's full moon. Now, the police is sure that the killer hides in the Medical Research Institute of Dr. Xavier. Lee, a journalist, manages to enter the mansion in Long Island where Dr. Xavier is questioning his associates. Is it possible that, amidst these scientists, there is a madman ?
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

Script Analysis of Doctor X (1932)

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1930's-1950's Horror film?    -   Yes Horror Plotlets:    -   mad guy with knife likes to slice

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   doctor Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Misc setting    -   fancy mansion    -   scientific labs

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   non-gory references to death/punishment Kind of violence:    -   hand to hand    -   knives Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   dropped from large heights Any profanity?    -   None Lot of special effects?    -   Yes Kinds of F/X    -   nasty human transformations Is this movie based on a    -   play

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