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The Black Sleep is an 83-minute, 1956, American black-and-white science fiction film, scripted by John Higgins from a story by Gerald Drayson Adams developed for producers Aubrey Schenck and Howard Koch, who had a four-picture finance-for-distribution arrangement with United Artists Corp. 1956 was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Poster for The Day the Earth Stood Still, an archetypal science fiction film Science fiction as a genre of film making has been an element of the cinema experience since the earliest days of the motion picture industry. ... John Higgins (born May 18, 1975) is a Scottish professional snooker player. ... A film producer oversees the making of movies. ... Howard Koch (1902-1995) was an American screenwriter. ... The current United Artists logo. ...


The film was directed by Reginald LeBorg and included in its starring cast Bela Lugosi in his last true film role. Also starred were Basil Rathbone, Lon Chaney, John Carradine, and Akim Tamiroff in a role original written for Peter Lorre. In a "prominent" supporting role was Ed Wood regular Tor Johnson. Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Bela Lugosi as Dracula United States stamp Béla Lugosi was the stage name of actor Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó (October 20, 1882–August 16, 1956). ... Basil Rathbone (June 13, 1892 – July 21, 1967) was an English actor most famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes and swashbuckler film villain roles. ... Lon Chaney, Jr. ... John Carradine (February 5, 1906 - November 27, 1988) was an American actor. ... Akim Tamiroff (October 29, 1899, Tiflis, Georgia _ September 17, 1972, Palm Springs, California) was a Russian actor. ... Peter Lorre, 1946, by Yousuf Karsh Peter Lorre (June 26, 1904 – March 23, 1964) was an actor especially known for playing roles with sinister overtones in Hollywood crime films and mysteries. ... Ed Wood can refer to: The movie director Ed Wood, Jr. ... Tor Johnson (b. ...


Set in early 19th-century England, the story concerned a prominent, knighted surgeon whose wife has fallen into a coma caused by a deep-seated brain tumor. Due to medicine's state of the art at the time, he does not know how to reach the tumor without risking brain damage or death to the woman he loves, so he undertakes to secretly experiment on the brains of living, but involuntary, human subjects who are under the influence of a powerful Indian anesthetic which he calls the "black sleep". Once he has finished his experiment, surviving subjects are revived and placed, in seriously degenerated and mutilated states, in a hidden cellar in the gloomy, abandoned country abbey where he conducts his experiments.


Produced during 1955, the film went into theaters in the early summer of 1956, just ahead of the TV syndication by Universal Pictures of its two decades of "monster movies" through Screen Gems, under the package title of Shock Theater. It may or may not be coincidental that writer Higgins, director LeBorg, and stars Rathbone, Chaney, Carradine and Lugosi had all been significantly associated with Universal "horror films" or related b-films. It certainly recalls two "houseful of monster" films of Universal in the mid-40s, House of Frankenstein and House of Dracula, only relying on a completely new cadre of human monsters. 1955 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Universal Studios logo Universal Studios is a famous Hollywood movie studio located at 100 Universal City Plaza Drive in Universal City, California, which is in the San Fernando Valley. ... Screen Gems is an American subsidiary company of Columbia Pictures Corp. ... The term B-movie originally referred to a film designed to be distributed as the lower half of a double feature, often a genre film featuring cowboys, gangsters or vampires. ...


United Artists sent "The Black Sleep" out as the a-film in a program double feature with The Creeping Unknown. In the days before critics paid attention to films in the horror or science-fiction genres, film fandom and Famous Monsters of Filmland did not exist, and Making of books and news coverage were unheard of, the youthful audience had two stimulating and promising coming-soon titles to set off their imaginations in The Black Sleep and The Creeping Unknown. Categories: 1955 films | Films based on television series | Movie stubs | Science fiction films ... Famous Monsters of Filmland was a genre-specific film fan magazine magazine started in 1958 by publisher James Warren and editor Forrest J Ackerman. ... In cinema, a Making Of is a behind the scenes look of the production of the show. ...


The Cast

  • Sir Joel Cadmund..................Basil Rathbone
  • Udu, the Gypsy.....................Akim Tamiroff
  • Dr. Gordon Ramsey..............Herbert Rudley
  • Laurie Munroe.......................Patricia Blake
  • Daphnae...............................Phylllis Stanley
  • Mungo...................................Lon Chaney
  • Casimir..................................Bela Lugosi
  • "Bohemund"..........................John Carradine
  • Curry.....................................Tor Johnson
  • Sailor Subject........................George Sawaya
  • Female Subject......................Sally Yarnell
  • Det. Sgt. Steele......................Peter Gordon
  • Carmoda Daily.......................Claire Carleton
  • Constable Blevins..................Clive Morgan
  • Angelina Cadman..................Louanna Gardner
  • Prison Turnkey...................... ?
  • Prison Surgeon...................... ?
  • Surgeon's Aide......................Howard Koch
  • Det. Redford.........................John Sheffield
  • Constable Owens.................. ?

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The Black Sleep (1956 film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (325 words)
The Black Sleep is an 83-minute, 1956, American fl-and-white science fiction film, scripted by John C. Higgins from a story by Gerald Drayson Adams developed for producers Aubrey Schenck and Howard Koch, who had a four-picture finance-for-distribution arrangement with United Artists Corp.
The film was directed by Reginald LeBorg and included in its starring cast Bela Lugosi in his last true film role.
United Artists sent "The Black Sleep" out as the a-film in a program double feature with The Creeping Unknown.
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