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T.9056 (6 reel 9.5mm sound release by Pathéscope September 1939)
"JUGGERNAUT" GB 8Sept1936 Dir: Henry Edwards ------------ Executive Producer: Edward L. Alperson 74mins B/W Cert "A" Produced by: Julius Hagan (Approx 50mins on 9.5) Released by: Wardour Films in the UK Produced at Twickenham Studios, England (UK) Based on the novel "Juggernaut" (1928) by: Alice Campbell Adapted for the screen by: Cyril Campion & H. Fowler Mear Adaptation by: Heinrich Fraenkel Photography: Sidney Blythe, William Luffe Art Director: James A. Carter Musical Score & Direction: W.L.Trytel Film Editing: Michael C. Chorlton Sound Department: Baynham Honri First released in the USA April 1937 by Grand National and re-issued there as "The Demon Doctor"
Doctor Victor Sartorius, a dedicated but dying medical researcher working in Morocco, becomes frustrated when his funding is cut off and his experiments ended. He is approached by Lady Yvonne Clifford, the young and beautiful wife of wealthy but aging aristocrat Sir Charles Clifford. She has been carrying on an affair with a gold-digging army captain and offers Sartorius the £20,000 he needs to continue his research if he will become her husband's personal physician and covertly murder him. When Sir Charles' son Roger enters the picture, it is clear that he is marked for death too. Only Sartorius' altruistic nurse Eve Rowe stands in the way. (many thanks to "duke" IMDb)
Cast: Boris Karloff .......... Doctor Sartorius Joan Wyndham ........... Eve Rowe Arthur Margetson ....... Roger Clifford Mona Goya .............. Yvonne Clifford Anthony Ireland ........ Capt. Arthur Halliday Morton Selten .......... Sir Charles Clifford Nina Boucicault ........ Mary Clifford Gibb McLaughlin ........ Jacques J.H. Roberts ........... Chalmers Victor Rietti .......... Doctor Bousquet
US cinema poster
Watch the complete film (American release) on You Tube: http://youtu.be/jGXsQGG1ThU
Notes: 1. In their advertisements Pathéscope insisted that despite the presence of Boris Karloff, this was decidedly not a horror film and should be welcomed by all Vox owners. 2. Pathéscope omitted the opening scenes which saw Dr. Sartorius leaving Morocco due to lack of research funding. He sets off for the south of France and the 9.5mm print starts with the "Cote D'Azure" intertitle, but then misses out the next scenes, which were set in a casino where Lady Clifford's lover (Captain Halliday)loses heavily. 9.5mm resumes with the doctor working in his laboratory. 3. The 35mm credits mis-spelt names such as "Antony" Ireland, Morton "Setten" and "Mina" Boucicault. In addition "J H Roberts" was billed as "H H Roberts". 4. "Juggernaut" now appears to have received cult status - an article was devoted to it in the American book "Son Of Guilty Pleasures Of the Horror Film" (Midnight Marquee Press). Writer Nathalie Yafes claimed that in this film "Doors play a pivital role. There are 34 entrances and 21 exits".
5. The American PCA (the film industry's censors) rejected the movie because "it is filled with conspiracy, crime, murder and loose living without compensating moral values or punishment at the hands of the law". The distributors agreed to cuts of over 700 feet. However the British censors took a different view. The normally very strict and prudish Miss N Shortit reported, "The nationality of Sartorius, the villain doctor, is not expressed and therefore I do not think any medical authorities should take exception". 6. Boris Karloff's third feature in Britain, filmed 25April-6June 1936, quickly following "The Man Who Changed His Mind". He returned to Hollywood to shoot "Charlie Chan At the Opera". 7. Shortly after making this film Karloff reflected on his career and commented "My God - I've got to do better next time. That last thing (Juggernaut) was awful".
(Extra info. gratefully sourced from Maurice Trace) ZT-9056/gln/08.11.2013
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