The Corpse Vanishes (1942)

35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Wallace Fox.

Plot Summary

To keep his aging wife young, Dr Lorenz takes to abducting young women and extracting fluids from their bodies which he then injects into his wife.


Directed by: Wallace Fox
© MCMXLII by Monogram Pictures Corporation
Monogram Pictures Corporation presents
Produced by: Sam Katzman, Jack Dietz, Banner Productions
Associate Producer: Barney A. Sarecky
Production Manager: Ed W. Rote
Screenplay: Harvey Gates
Original Story: Sam Robins, Gerald Schnitzer
Assistant Director: Arthur Hamond
Photography: Art Reed
Film Editor: Robert Golden
Musical Directors: Lange & Porter (Johnny Lange, Lew Porter) (A.S.C.A.P.)
Sound Engineer: Glen Glenn
Art Director: David Milton

Bela Lugosi (Dr [George] Lorenz)
Luana Walters (Patricia Hunter)
Tris Coffin (Dr Foster)
Elizabeth Russell (Countess Lorenz)
Minerva Urecal (Fagah)
Angelo [real name: Angelo Rossitto] (Toby)
Joan Barclay (Alice Wentworth)
Kenneth Harlan (Keenan)
Gwen Kenyon (Peggy Woods)
Vince Barnett (Sandy)
Frank Moran (Angel)
George Eldredge (Mike)

Alternative Titles

The Case of the Missing – UK

See also
Bowery at Midnight (1942)
The Voodoo Man (1944)



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.8 p.40
  • The Dark Side October/November 1994 pp.15-16 – review
  • Kine Weekly no.2379 (29 January 1953) p.16 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.20 no.230 (March 1953) p.30 – credits, review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.147 no.3 (18 April 1942) – review
  • Today's Cinema vol.80 no.6680 (22 January 1953) p.7 – review


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.79
  • Censored Screams: The British Ban on Hollywood Horror in the Thirties by Tom Johnson p.160 – note
  • A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series by Ken Hanke pp.128-130; 138
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.71, 76
  • Feature Films, 1940-1949: A United States Filmography by Alan G. Fetrow p.92
  • Hoffman's Guide to Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.79 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.66
  • The Monogram Checklist by Ted Okuda p.143 – credits, synopsis
  • Poverty Row Horrors! by Tom Weaver pp.63-74  – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • by Walt Lee p.75 – credits
  • The Vampire in Science Fiction Film and Literature by Paul Meehan p.34
  • Vintage Science Fiction Films, 1896-1949 by Michael Benson p.139