Doctor X (1932)

35mm film, 2-strip Technicolor; black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Michael Curtiz.

Plot Summary

The “Moon Killer”, a murderer who only strikes at the full moon, has racked up six victims and the staff of Doctor Xavier's Academy of Surgical Research are the chief suspects.


Director: Michael Curtiz
First National Pictures, Warner Bros.
Screenplay: Robert Tasker, Earl Baldwin
Based on the Play by: Howard W. Comstock, Allen C. Miller
Director of Photography (Colour Version): Ray Rennahan
Director of Photography (Black and White Version): Richard Towers
Editor: George Amy
Art Director: Anton F. Grot

Lionel Atwill (Dr Xavier)
Fay Wray (Joanne Xavier)
Lee Tracy (Lee Taylor)
Preston Foster (Dr Graham Wells)
John Wray (Dr Haynes)
Harry Beresford (Dr Duke)
Arthur Edmund Carewe (Dr Rowitz)
Leila Bennett (Mame, the maid)
Robert Warwick (Police Commissioner Stevens)
George Rosener (Otto)
Willard Robertson (O'Halloran, detective)
Thomas Jackson (Globe managing editor)
Harry Holman (Mike, cop on beat)
Mae Busch (speak-easy madame)


American Cinematographer vol.67 no.6 (June 1986) pp.34-42 – illustrated credits, article
Art et Essai no.49 (30 October 1968) p.25
The Cinema Booking Guide Supplement vol.2 no.6 (October 1932) p.6 – credits, review
The Picturegoer vol.2 no.88 (28 January 1933) p.19
Castle of Frankenstein no.4 p.7
Castle of Frankenstein 1967 Annual p.40
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.45 no.533 (June 1978) p.121
The Velvet Light Trap no.15 (Autumn 1975) pp.13-14

The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror (2nd edition) by Phil Hardy (ed) p.38 – credits, review
Censored Screams: The British Ban on Hollywood Horror in the Thirties by Tom Johnson pp.118, 164 – note
A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series by Ken Hanke pp.59-61; 68
English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.21
Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.42, 71
The Films of Fay Wray by Roy Kinnard and Tony Crnkovich pp.64-70 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
Golden Horrors: An Illustrated Critical Filmography, 1931-1939 by Bryan Senn pp.91-102
Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.104
by Walt Lee p.108 – credits
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.127-128
Serial Killer Cinema: An Analytical Filmography by Robert Cetti p.131-132
Top 100 Horror Movies by Gary Gerani pp.120-121 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
Unsung Horrors by Eric McNaughton & Darrell Buxton (eds) pp.61-63 – illustrated review (by John Sewell)
Vintage Science Fiction Films, 1896-1949 by Michael Benson p.144