The Devil Commands (1941)

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

An American horror film directed by Edward Dmytryk.

Plot Summary

Dr Julian Blair is convinced that brainwaves can survive even after death and can be electrically recorded on a machine of his invention. Blair starts using bodies stolen from a local graveyard in his .


* = uncredited

Directed by: Edward Dmytryk
Copyright MCMXLI [1941] by Columbia Pictures Corp
Columbia Pictures Corporation presents
Producer: Wallace MacDonald *
Screen play by: Robert D. Andrews, Milton Gunzburg
Story by: William Sloane
Assistant Director: George Rhein *
Director of Photography: Allen G. Siegler
Film Editor: Al Clark
Music: Mischa Bakaleinikoff *, Frank Skinner *
Stock Music: George Antheil *, Gerard Carbonara *, Sidney Cutner *, Werner R. Heymann *, Ben Oakland *, Karol Rathaus *, Gregory Stone *, Victor Young *
Musical Director: Morris Stoloff
Sound Engineer: P.J. Faulkner Jr *
Western Electric Mirrorphonic Recording
Art Direction: Lionel Banks

Boris Karloff (Dr Julian Blair)
Richard Fiske (Dr Richard Sayles)
Amanda Duff (Anne Blair)
Anne Revere (Mrs Walters)
Ralph Penney (Karl)
Dorothy Adams (Mrs Marcy)
Walter Baldwin (Seth Marcy)
Kenneth MacDonald (Sheriff Willis)
Shirley Warde (Helen Blair)
Erwin Kalser [Professor Kent]
Wheaton Chambers [Dr Sanders]
Eddie Kane [Dr Hart]
Lester Alden, Jacques Vanaire []

Alternative Titles

The Devil Said No
When the Devil Commands


by Walt Lee p.96 – credits
Unsung Horrors by Eric McNaughton & Darrell Buxton (eds) pp.327-329 – illustrated review (by Neil Pettigrew)