THE DARK EYES OF LONDON (the human monster) (1939 U.K.) D/W: WALTER SUMMERS W/P: JOHN ARGYLE W: PATRICK KIRWIN
Unfairly neglected (and strong for the time) b/w adaption of an Edgar Wallace story really plays up the horrific grand guignol elements as Bela Lugosi (in one of his best, more restrained performances) plays both Dr. Orloff, an insurance salesman and a kindly-seeming old man who runs a school for the blind (O.B. Clarence provides the voice for this character). Customers who get their insurance from him usually end up drowned in the muddy bogs of the Thames river, but their lungs are filled with clear water. Hugh Williams is the cop on the case and pretty Greta Gynt is the lady in danger. And let us not forget that Bela has a deformed brute assistant that kills for him (the make-up is still amazing). This highly recommended fast-paced romp was remade in Germany in 1961. Argyle followed-up with THE DOOR WITH SEVEN LOCKS in 1940.

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