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The Black Room(1935)

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  • DOUBLE KARLOFFS IN A COLUMBIA STUDIO GOTHIC GEM

    • Keith Brown
    • 11/27/14

    A gothic gem set in a mittel-European country of the 18th Century with Boris Karloff playing twin brothers cursed by a family tradition. Karloff 's "twins" Anton and Gregor prove what an excellent actor he was-with and without makeup. A good supporting cast of Thurston Hall, Katherine de Mille, Marian Marsh and others. A lot of credit must go to director Roy William Neill who makes good use of his cast, script and sets. Considering that director Neill was working on the parsimonious Columbia Studios backlot-not known for costume films since that genre costs money-the finished product is a pleasure to look at. The main castle sets, the village and the tavern, and little set pieces like a slanted crucifix all give the viewer a feeling we are in Europe not Hollywood... One of my favorite shots is a scene between Karloff and Thurston Hall where Hall is watching Karloff 's reflection in a mirror and the camera takes us back and forth in a clever way. Roy William Neill knew his stuff and did some of the better Universal Holmes films of the 1940's (SCARLET CLAW and HOUSE OF FEAR) and is definitely needs to be re-appriaised!

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    • Bill Gedeon
    • 10/13/11

    Boris Karloff, doesn't need make-up here to prove he's scary and a great actor. Karloff, plays twin brothers one kind and gentle, the other a psychotic. The music, atmosphere, and plot all excellent. Boris Karloff is quite convincing in both roles. One of the better Karloff, portrayals..

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