Le système de docteur Goudron et du professeur Plume (1912)

France, 1912
15m
35mm film, black and white, 1.33:1
silent

A French horror film directed by Maurice Tourneur.

Plot Summary

A man arrives at a psychiatric asylum where the inmates have taken over control. He is told by the ‘director’ that he has found a revolutionary and horrifying new cure for insanity – he cuts out the patient’s eye then slits their throat. After performing another operation, the director – clearly another deranged inmate – leads his fellows against their visitor…

Credits

Crew
Director: Maurice Tourneur
Eclair
Script/Play: André De Lorde
Story: The System of Dr Tarr and Professor Feather by Edgar Allan Poe

Cast
Henri Gouget (Goudron)
Henry Roussel (tourist)
Renée Sylvaire (tourist’s wife)
Bahier (Plume)
Robert Saidreau

Alternative Titles

The Lunatics – alternative title

References

Books

  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror (2nd edition) by Phil Hardy (ed) p.17 – credits, review
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.13
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.271 – credits