The Corpse Vanishes (1942)

Directed by Wallace Fox.  Written by Harvey Gates, Sam Robins and Gerald Schnitzer.  Starring Bela Lugosi, Luana Walters, Tris Coffin and Elizabeth Russell.

Plot: a madman kidnaps women to keep his wife young and healthy.


A bride is kidnapped from her wedding and she isn’t the first.  Apparently there’s been a lot of young brides kidnapped recently.  Dr. Lorenz (Lugosi) is kidnapping them and keeping them in a sort of stasis while using their essence to keep his own bride young and healthy looking.  But his own bride is a cold woman and we don’t know why he even wants her alive.  Although, he whips his hunchback helper for no reason though, so, I guess they’re a good match.

This movie is pretty ridiculous though.  The acting is poor.  It’s almost laughable really.  And the script is so sexist it’s hysterical.  This is not Bela Lugosi’s best work.  Not nearly.

My score: 35.  His score: 30.

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