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The Man With Two Lives (March 13, 1942)

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The Man With Two Lives
 

Released on Friday March 13, 1942: The soul of a killer in the electric chair seems to pass into the body of a young banker's son, turning him into a homicidal maniac.

Directed by Phil Rosen

The Actors: Edward Norris (Philip Bennett), Marlo Dwyer (Helen Lengel), Eleanor Lawson (Louise Hammond), Frederick Burton (Hobart Bennett), Addison Richards (Lieutenant Detective George Bradley), Edward Keane (Doctor Richard Clark), Hugh Sothern (Professor Toller), Tom Seidel (Reginald Bennett), Elliott Sullivan (Eric), Anthony Warde (Hugo), Ernie Adams (Gimpy), Kenne Duncan (Jess Fowler), George Dobbs (Tim Martin), Lois Landon (Aunt Margaret), Frances Richards (nurse), Jack Buckley (Mitch Larsen), Jack Ingram (Ed Sporady), George Kirby (butler), Jack Cheatham (barfly), Tristram Coffin (radio newscaster), Kit Guard (barfly), Charles King (cop who gets killed)

 
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Transmigration of the Soul

"We do not have souls . . . but rather souls have us," a psychologist explains to the banker and the doctor. He continues by explaining that sometimes the soul of a dead person doesn't 'die' with the body of the dead person, but moves on to another body. There aren't many science fiction thrillers from the early 1940's, so this story is more than a horror thriller . . . it was a cutting edge story from 1942 that is a better story plot than many of the sci-fi tales to come in the 1950's and onward. Doctor Clark, played by veteran actor Edward Keane, has brought small animals back from the dead, and now with modern science believes that he can bring a human back from the dead. This evening he attends an engagement party at the home of the town's leading banker, Hobart Bennett. Young society son Philip Bennett, played by Edward Norris, is going to marry society girl Louise Hammond, and the party is in full swing when Dr. Clark remembers that this same night at midnight a homicidal maniac will be killed in the electric chair. As the party breaks up son Philip is in a car accident in front of his house, where the doctor is getting ready to leave the party. The doctor and Philip's father bring the lifeless body of son Philip inside the house and it is decided that the doctor will try to bring the lifeless body of banker's son Philip back to life. They take the dead boy to the doctor's laboratory full of strange blinking machines and the doctor goes to work preparing the body for life. Exactly at the hour of midnight, as the homicidal maniac is killed in the electric chair the banker's son comes back to life . . . with the soul of the homicidal killer. Life and death seem to be very fluid in the crime story that follows, and the ending is much more complex than 'the good guys win' . . . leaving us with as more questions than answers. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with lots of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.

Addison Richards and Elliott Sullivan
Addison Richards and Elliott Sullivan
Addison Richards and Frederick Burton
Addison Richards and Frederick Burton
Addison Richards and George Kirby
Addison Richards and George Kirby
Addison Richards as Lieutenant Detective George Bradley
Addison Richards as Lieutenant Detective George Bradley
Anthony Warde in The Man With Two Lives
Anthony Warde in The Man With Two Lives
Charles King as a policeman in The Man With Two Lives
Charles King as a policeman in The Man With Two Lives
Edward Keane and Frederick Burton
Edward Keane and Frederick Burton
Edward Keane and Hugh Southern
Edward Keane and Hugh Southern
Edward Keane and Tom Seidel
Edward Keane and Tom Seidel
Edward Keane as Doctor Richard Clark
Edward Keane as Doctor Richard Clark
Edward Norris and Addison Richards
Edward Norris and Addison Richards
Edward Norris and Marlo Dwyer
Edward Norris and Marlo Dwyer
Edward Norris as Philip Bennett
Edward Norris as Philip Bennett
Edward Norris channeling the sould of the killer
Edward Norris channeling the sould of the killer
Edward Norris
Edward Norris
Eleanor Lawson and Frederick Burton
Eleanor Lawson and Frederick Burton
Eleanor Lawson as Louise Hammond in The Man With Two Lives
Eleanor Lawson as Louise Hammond in The Man With Two Lives
Elliott Sullivan in The Man With Two Lives
Elliott Sullivan in The Man With Two Lives
Frederick Burton and Edward Keane
Frederick Burton and Edward Keane
Frederick Burton and Tom Seidel in The Man With Two Lives
Frederick Burton and Tom Seidel in The Man With Two Lives
Frederick Burton as Hobart Bennett
Frederick Burton as Hobart Bennett
Hugh Sothern as Professor Toller
Hugh Sothern as Professor Toller
Hugh Sothern in The Man With Two Lives
Hugh Sothern in The Man With Two Lives
Jack Buckley and Edward Norris
Jack Buckley and Edward Norris
Jack Ingram in The Man With Two Lives
Jack Ingram in The Man With Two Lives
Marlo Dwyer and Anthony Warde
Marlo Dwyer and Anthony Warde
Marlo Dwyer as Helen Lengel
Marlo Dwyer as Helen Lengel
Marlo Dwyer kisses Edward Norris
Marlo Dwyer kisses Edward Norris