The Return of Doctor X
He lives to kill and kills to live!
( Horror / Mystery / Sci-Fi / Thriller )

The Return of Doctor X Poster

US Runtime: 62 min

Premiere Date:
Nov 23, 1939   [USA]
Director: Vincent Sherman
Writers: William J. Makin   [novel The Doctor's Secret]
Lee Katz
Producers: Bryan Foy   [Associate Producer]
Hal B. Wallis   [Executive Producer]
Jack L. Warner   [Executive Producer]
Music by Bernhard Kaun   [uncredited]
Cinematography: Sidney Hickox
Edited by: Thomas Pratt
Costume Design: Milo Anderson   [gowns]
Production Companys: First National Pictures Inc.
Warner Bros.


Wayne Morris
Walter Garrett
Rosemary Lane
Joan Vance
Humphrey Bogart
Marshall Quesne
Dennis Morgan
Dr. Michael Rhodes
John Litel
Dr. Francis Flegg
Lya Lys
Angela Merrova
Huntz Hall
Charles C. Wilson
Detective Roy Kincaid
Vera Lewis
Miss Sweetman
Howard C. Hickman
Chairman (scenes deleted)
Arthur Aylesworth
Guide (scenes deleted)
Cliff Saum
Detective Sergeant Moran
Creighton Hale
Hotel Manager
John Ridgely
Stanley Rodgers
Joseph Crehan
Glenn Langan
William Hopper
Loia Cheaney
Nurse (uncredited)
Gwen Seager
Miss Lawrence (uncredited)
Ian Wolfe
Cemetery Caretaker (uncredited)
Claude Wisberg
Office Boy (uncredited)
Frank Pharr
Andy (uncredited)
Paul Panzer
Hospital Attendant (uncredited)
Jack Mower
Policeman (uncredited)
Frank Mayo
Attorney (uncredited)
John Harron
Reporter (uncredited)
Eddie Graham
Hospital Attendant (uncredited)
Nat Carr
Reporter (uncredited)


Bernhard Kaun
John Langan
dialogue director
Dr. Leo Morton Schulman
technical advisor

Tech Info:

Color Info:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1
Cinematographic Process:
Film Negative Format:
35 mm
Printed Film Format:
35 mm
Production Dates:
24 May 1939 - ?


  • Humphrey Bogart said of this film: "This is one of the pictures that made me march in to Jack Warner and ask for more money again. You can't believe what this one was like. I had a part that somebody like Bela Lugosi or Boris Karloff should have played. I was this doctor, brought back to life, and the only thing that nourished this poor bastard was blood. If it had been Jack Warner's blood, or Harry's, or Pop's, maybe I wouldn't have minded as much. The trouble was, they were drinking mine and I was making this stinking movie."
  • Boris Karloff was to star as Dr. X.

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