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Bowery At Midnight

Starring: Bela Lugosi Director: Wallace Fox
This horror gem casts Bela Lugosi as a distinguished professor who attempts to hide his sinister activities - including murder and a basement full of zombies.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours
  • Video: Black & White
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  • Originally Released: 1942
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
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Description by OLDIES.com:

Bela Lugosi stars as a "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"-like professor in Bowery At Midnight. By day, Professor Brenner (Lugosi) is a distinguished psychology professor at a New York university. Unbeknownst to his students, by night he also heads up a mysterious "charitable" mission down in the Bowery. But this mission is actually a front for his sinister and deadly criminal enterprises. The basement where he disposes of his victims contains a lovely little cemetery neatly laid out with graves. Below this lies a sub-chamber which is apparently populated by murderous zombie ghouls. When one of his students accidentally discovers the truth about his double life, he becomes the object of the professor's lethal attentions.

Originally produced by Monogram, Bowery At Midnight is loaded with subplots and provides a wonderful showcase for Lugosi's inimitable way with horror movie dialogue and action.

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Professor Brenner (Bela Lugosi) is a kindly soup kitchen operator in the Bowery by day and the boss of a dangerous gang of criminals by night. After his henchmen get in trouble, the professor has no choice but to kill them and turn them into zombies. An atmospheric Poverty Row horror film.

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Criminals | New York City | Scams And Cons | Vengeance | Vintage | Zombies

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Customer Rating: Rating 4.0
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Rating 3.0 A Better Bela Film Movie Lover: from MIDDLE VILLAGE, NY US -- September, 22, 2010

In this 1942 film, Bela Lugosi appears in a better than usual role. Playing a man who leads a dual life (Professor at day; criminal at night), he is convincing in both parts. The film is filled with sub-plots and character actors of the time. One interesting scene shows Lugosi walking past a theater on the side of which is a poster for another Lugosi film...a little added touch of humor you don't normally get from films of this period.


Rating 4.5 Bowery at Midnight Movie Lover: from Meadville, PA US -- August, 2, 2006

Bela rules! This is a pretty good representation of Bela's movies. Very entertaining! The ending will make you wish justice was that easy!


Rating 3.0 GREAT BUT NOT FANTASTIC!! Movie Lover: from SYRACUSE, NY US -- January, 10, 2006

THIS WAS A GOOD FLICK, BUT JST AS THE MOVIE CLIMAXED IT WAS OVER? I THOUGHT THE MOVIE COULD HAVE INCORPORATED THE BASEMENT OF ZOMBIES MORE. MR. LOGOSI WAS GREAT THOUGH AND STILL FOUND MANY REASONS TO LOVE THIS MOVIE!


Rating 4.0 Bowery At Midnight Movie Lover: from clamart, Hauts-de-Seine FR -- March, 27, 2004

One of Lugosi's better than mediocre Monogram films has him as college professor by day, ruthless villain by night. Good Bowery Mission setting and one line of dialogue in particular where one gangster pulls a gun on another that is absolutely uproarious!


Rating 5.0 Excellent quality work! Movie Lover: from Grand Rapids, MI US -- April, 23, 2003

I enjoyed this little thriller in which Mr. Lugosi is featured to good advantage. Several familiar character actors are in the film, and the story line moves right along to a thrilling climax. The picture is razor sharp with 35mm quality, but I would guess Alpha started with a nice old 16mm print. As to the audio, I have to agree with film historian Wm. K. Everson's comment that Monogram sound tracks have lots of "static" or noise. The dialogue is clearly understood, but lots of noise which is impossible to filter out.


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  • Sales Rank: 1,830
  • UPC: 089218400598
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