The Walking Dead (1936)

USA, 1936
66m, 7 reels
35mm, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Boris Karloff.

Plot Summary

John Elman is framed for murder by a gang of ruthless criminals and is found guilty. Evidence proving his innocence is produced too late and Elman is executed. But there might be a last chance for the late John Elman in the shape of Dr Evan Beaumont who uses an experimental procedure to bring him back from the dead.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Michael Curtiz
© MCMLXXXVI [1936] by Warner Bros. Pictures & The Vitaphone Corp.
A Warner Bros. picture
Producer: Louis F. Edelman *
Screen Play by: Ewart Adamson, Peter Milne and Robert Andrews and Lillie Hayward
Story by: Ewart Adamson and Joseph Fields
Dialogue Director: Irving Rapper
Assistant Director: Russell Saunders *
Photography: Hal Mohr
Film Editor: Thomas Pratt
Music: Bernhard Kaun *
Orchestrator: Bernhard Kaun *
Gowns by: Orry-Kelly
Make Up: Perc Westmore *
Art Director: Hugh Reticker

Boris Karloff (John Elman)
Ricardo Cortez (Nolan)
Edmund Gwenn (Dr Beaumont)
Marguerite Churchill (Nancy)
Warren Hull (Jimmy)
Barton MacLane (Loder)
Henry O’Neill (Werner)
Joseph King (Judge Shaw)
Addison Richards (prison warden)
Paul Harvey (Blackstone)
Robert Strange (Merritt)
Joseph Sawyer (Trigger)
Eddie Acuff (Betcha)
Kenneth Harlan (Stephen Martin)
Miki Morita (Sako)
Ruth Robinson (Mrs Shaw)

Alternative Titles

Den dode vender tilbage – Denmark
Le Mort qui marche – France
Los muertos andan – Spain
L’ombra che cammina – Italy
Die Rache des Toten – Germany
Der Wandernde Leichnam – Germany
Der Wandernde Tod – Austria

See also
Zombi 2 (1979)



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.4 p.7
  • Focus on Film no.15 (Summer 1973) pp.59-62 – review
  • Hollywood Spectator vol.10 no.11 (14 March 1936) pp.10-11 – review
  • Kine Weekly no.1515 (30 April 1936) – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.3 no.32 (August 1936) p.135 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Velvet Light Trap no.15 (Autumn 1975) pp.16-17 – review


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  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.24
  • Golden Horrors: An Illustrated Critical Filmography, 1931-1939 by Bryan Sennp.345-352
  • Hollywood Cauldron: Thirteen Films from the Genre’s Golden Age pp.184-205
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.423
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.529 – credits
  • Sound Films, 1927-1939: A United States Filmography by Alan G. Fetrow p.727
  • The Vampire in Science Fiction Film and Literature by Paul Meehan p.96
  • Vintage Science Fiction Films, 1896-1949 by Michael Benson p.181