Country: USA - Language: English - Parental Guide: NR - Color: BW
This 1944 film is about one Dr. Igor Markoff (J. Carrol Naish) who is a mad scientist. He formulates a concoction named acromegaly, which is a kind of virus. This virus when injected into any persons body, causes them to become hideously deformed. The bones get extended and the facial features get distorted.
Markoff is a very unscrupulous person and he injects a famous concert pianist Lawrence (Ralph Morgan) with the virus. He wants to swindle out a fortune from Lawrence in return for an antidote to the virus. He also wants Lawrence to agree to marry his pretty daughter Patricia (Wanda McKay) to him, as she bears a resemblance to his late wife as she appeared in her youth.
Reason to Watch
I was expecting something spectacular to take place in the movie, but ah! it was a rather boring and uniquely worthless waste of time.The pretty Wanda McKay was perhaps the only reason to keep my interest alive.
The move was made in the United States by the Turner Classic Movies in the early 1940s.
Most Memorable Quote(s)
“That cock-and-bull story was already old in Caesar’s days”
What You Need to Get Through This Movie
it is weird and hackneyed movie and i would not have been able to sit through the 62 minutes of it had I not kept an abundant supply of Coke and Popcorn with me. The crunchy popcorn kept taking my mind off.
Perhaps the most convincing thing about the movie was the mask worn by Lawrence when the acromegaly virus had progressed to an advanced stage. I was reminded of the mask worn by the title character in The Elephant Man (David Lynch).
All the education I got from the film was that there are viruses which can really deform you for life. Mad people have to be kept miles away from research on such projects. I wouldn’t like the world to be inhabited by deformed and scary looking people.
Justification for Rating
I would not have given a rating of 2.3 to the film if it had been a little longer. Thank god for small mercies. It was over in just over an hour so I was spared a long torture.