The Black Sleep

The Black Sleep

Basil Rathbone
Director: Reginald Le Borg Cast: Basil Rathbone
Basil Rathbone
, Akim Tamiroff
Akim Tamiroff
, Lon Chaney Jr.
Lon Chaney Jr.
Reginald Le Borg

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Given its cast and director, it is disheartening that The Black Sleep isn't any better than it is. Basil Rathbone heads the cast as Sir Joel Cadman, who uses a mind-controlling drug known as "The Black Sleep" to place brilliant scientist Gordon Ramsay (Herbert Rudley) under his control. Cadman needs Ramsay's intellect and expertise to aid him in a series of mysterious, covert experiments involving brain transplants. Evidently Cadman has already endured a few failures, as witness the present feeble-minded state of his former "volunteer" Mungo (Lon Chaney Jr.). Ramsay and heroine Laurie Munro (Patricia Blake) finally learn what Cadman is up to when they stumble upon a dungeon full of his previous "experiments," including a demented, emaciated man (John Carradine) and a blank-eyed monstrosity (Tor Johnson). In his last mainstream film, Bela Lugosi essays the thankless role of Cadman's mute servant.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/15/2011
UPC: 0883904240990
Original Release: 1956
Source: Mgm Mod
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:21:00
Sales rank: 37,993

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Basil Rathbone Sir Joel Cadman
Akim Tamiroff Odo, the Gypsy
Lon Chaney Mungo
John Carradine Borg
Bela Lugosi Casimir
Herbert Rudley Dr. Gordon Ramsay
Tor Johnson Curry
Patricia Blake Laurie
Phyllis Stanley Daphne
Sally Yarnell Nancy
George Sawava K-6
Claire Carleton Carmona Daly
Peter Gordon Sgt. Steel
Louanna Gardner Angelina Cadman
Clive Morgan Constable Glenowen
John Sheffield Scotland Yard Detective

Technical Credits
Reginald Le Borg Director
Angela Alexander Costumes/Costume Designer
Gordon Avil Cinematographer
Gordon Bau Makeup
Baxter Score Composer
Ben Colman Camera Operator
Ted Coodley Makeup
John C. Higgins Screenwriter
Wes Jeffries Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Kinoshita Production Designer
Howard W. Koch Producer
Aubrey Schenk Executive Producer
John Schreyer Editor

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