The Man with Nine Lives (1940)

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

An American horror film directed by Nick Grindé.

Plot Summary

Dr Leon Kravaal's new cure for cancer, which involves freezing the patient, goes horribly wrong when he is accused of killing his test subject. Kravaal freezes himself and is woken years later to be allowed a chance to complete his work.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Nick Grindé
Copyright MCMXL [1940] by Columbia Pictures Corp.
Columbia Pictures presents. Favorite Films Corp. presents [re-release]
Producers: Irving Briskin *, Wallace MacDonald *
Screen Play by: Karl Brown
Story by: Harold Shumate
Assistant Director: Arthur Black *
Director of Photography: Benjamin Kline
Film Editor: Al Clark
Music: Mischa Bakaleinikoff *
Stock Music: Gerard Carbonara *, Ben Oakland *, Karol Rathaus *, Gregory Stone *
Musical Director: Morris Stoloff *
Sound Engineer: Edward Bernds *
Western Electric Mirrorphonic Recording
Art Direction: Lionel Banks
Technical Adviser: Dr. Ralph S. Willard

Boris Karloff (Dr Leon Kravaal)
Roger Pryor (Dr Tim Mason)
Jo Ann Sayers (Nurse Judith Blair)
Stanley Brown (Bob Adams)
John Dilson (DA John Hawthorne)
Hal Taliaferro [real name: Wally Wales] (Sheriff Ed Stanton)
Byron Foulger (Dr Henry Bassett)
Charles Trowbridge (Dr Harvey)
Ernie Adams (Pete Daggett)
Bruce Bennett [State Trooper] *
Ivan Miller [Sheriff Haley] *
Eddie Dew *
Minta Durfee [woman surgery patient] *
William Marion *
Charles F. Miller *
Landers Stevens *
Lee Willard [corpse of Jasper Adams] *

Alternative Titles

Behind the Door – UK
Uomini dalle nove vite – Italy



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