Bowery at Midnight (October 30, 1942)
Released on October 30, 1942: (running time 62 minutes) A mild mannered college professor is a homicidal maniac after school is out.
Produced by Sam Katzman and Barney A. Sarecky
Directed by Wallace Fox
Written by Gerald-Schnitzer and Sam Robins
The Actors: Bela Lugosi (Professor Frederick Brenner, aka Karl Wagner), John Archer (Richard Dennison), Wanda McKay (Judy Malvern), Tom Neal (Frankie Mills), Vince Barnett (Charley), Anna Hope (Mrs. Brenner), John Berkes (Fingers Dolan), J. Farrell MacDonald (Captain Mitchell), Dave O'Brien (Pete Crawford), Lucille Vance (Mrs. Valvern), Lew Kelly (Doc Brooks), Wheeler Oakman ('Trigger' Stratton), Ray Miller (big man), Willy Castello (Mr. Atlas, jeweler), Pat Costello (tramp questioned by Richard), George Eldredge (Police Detective Thompson), Bernard Gorcey (shopkeeper selling suits), Eddie Hall (tramp playing gin), Eddie Kane (Police Chief), Ralph Littlefield (big man's friend), Theodore Lorch (man playing gin), Walter McGrail (the Coroner), 'Snub' Pollard (motorist), Bob Reeves (henchman), Bobby Stone (newsboy)
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The Friendly Mission and the Homicidal Maniac
Ralph Bowman went to Hollywood High school and then the University of Southern California. His passion was to become a cameraman cinematographer for motion pictures, but he could never get a studio to hire him in any capacity, so he turned to acting on stage and some radio work.
Still interested in motion pictures, Ralph entered a twelve-week contest that promised the winner an acting contract for several movies with the stage name of ‘John Archer.’ Ralph won the contest and Ralph Bowman became John Archer. One of the losers in that contest was a wanna-be actor named Hugh Beaumont, who never got the chance to change his name to John Archer.
John Archer spent his years acting in movies like this one, while also working on stage and on the radio. For a year he was the voice of The Shadow on that popular radio program. Anne Archer is the actress daughter of John Archer and Marjorie Lord. She is famous for many movie appearances, including “Fatal Attraction,” where she was nominated for a supporting actress award.
In this adventure John Archer is a wealthy young man taking a college course on the psychology of homicidal maniacs. The professor of the course, as we soon learn, is a homicidal maniac, and the wealthy student will learn more than he ever expected about the maniac mind when he is trapped by the evil professor and faces his own death. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
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Lucille Vance and Wanda McKay
Wanda McKay and John Archer
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