The Black Sleep (1956)

35mm film, black and white
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Reginald LeBorg.

Plot Summary

Scientist Sir Joel Cadman tries to find a cure for his wife's brain tumour by kidnapping people and cutting open their brains.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Reginald LeBorg
© MCMLVI [1956] Prospect Productions, Inc.
A Bel-Air production. Released thru United Artists
Executive Producer: Aubrey Schenck
Produced by: Howard W. Koch
Screenplay by: John C. Higgins
Story by: Gerald Drayson Adams
Assistant Director: Paul Wurtzel
Photography by: Gordon Avil
Operative Cameraman: Ben Colman
Lighting Technician: Joe Edesa
Key Grip: George Fenaja
Edited by: John F. Schreyer
Music by: Les Baxter
Music Editor: Sam Waxman
Sound Mixer: Joe Edmondson
Sound Editor: Mike Pozen
Re-recording: Charles Cooper
Western Electric Recording by Sound Services, Inc.
Wardrobe: Wesley V. Jefferies and Angela Alexander
Makeup Created by: George Bau
Makeup Man: Ted Coodley
Hair Styles by: Cherie Banks
Photographic Effects: Jack Rabin/Louis DeWitt
Characters Designed by: Nick Volpe|Volpe
Sets Designed by: Bob Kinoshita
Set Decorator: Clarence Steenson
Property Master: Arden Cripe

Basil Rathbone (Sir Joel Cadman)
Akim Tamiroff (Odo the Gypsy)
Lon Chaney Jr|Lon Chaney (Dr Munroe)
John Carradine (Borg/Bohemund)
Bela Lugosi (Casimir)
Herbert Rudley (Dr Gordon Ramsay)
Patricia Blake (Laurie Munroe)
Phyllis Stanley (Nurse Daphne)
Tor Johnson (Mr Curry)
Sally Yarnell (Nancy – female subject)
George Sawaya (K-6 – sailor subject)
Claire Carleton (Carmona Daly)
Peter Gordon (Sergeant Steele)
John Sheffield (Detective Redford)
Clive Morgan (Roundsman Blevins)
Louanna Gardner (Angelina Cadman)
Howard W. Koch [prison coroner's aide] *

Alternative Titles

Dr Cadman's Secret – re-release title
Il sonno nero del dottor Satana – Italy



  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.155
  • Creature Features Movie Guide Strikes Again by John Stanley pp.45-46 – credits, review
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.45 – review
  • The Illustrated Frankenstein Movie Guide by Stephen Jones p.129 – credits, review
  • John Carradine: The Films by Tom Weaver pp.216-218 – illustrated article
  • by Walt Lee p.38 – credits