Golden Age of the Silver Screen

Doctor X (1932)

Episode #20

Warner Bros. released Doctor X to theaters on August 27, 1932. Michael Curtiz directed the film which starred Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, and Lee Tracy.

‘Doctor X’ Movie Summary

In Doctor X, Lee Taylor is a reporter investigating a serial murderer in New York City who only seems to kill at night during a full moon. Each victim is strangled to death before a surgical scalpel slices the back of their head, and the killer eats part of their brain. The only witness descriptions of the killer is one of a horribly disfigured monster.

After the latest victim is found, the police take the corpse to Doctor Xavier for an autopsy and his medical opinion on the matter. However, the police reveal they have an ulterior motive for bringing the victim there. They have somehow discovered that the scalpel used to slice open each victim is only used at Xavier’s medical institution. In addition to that, all the victims were killed nearby.

Dr. Xavier introduces the police to the other professors who work at his laboratory. There is Dr. Wells who studies cannibalism, but the police rule him out as a suspect because his left hand has been amputated; making a strangulation nearly impossible. Dr. Haines seems to be something of a pervert as the group walks in on him in the dark with a dirty magazine.

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Warner Bros. released Doctor X to theaters on August 27, 1932. Michael Curtiz directed the film which starred Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, and Lee Tracy.

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