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"What does he think I am, a rat?" "Yeah, what about it?" "Well, you don't have to tell everybody." - Curly & Moe (ANTS IN THE PANTRY, 1936)


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An evil magician has the power to transfer souls from one body to another. He has lived for over a thousand years by mastering this skill, and will bring the dead back to life... for a price. Fred Saunders loses his wife in a car accident, and becomes obsessed with bringing her back to life. After trying several spiritualists who are discovered to be fakes, Fred encounters Dr. Death who promises to find a new soul to reanimate Mrs. Saunder's body. Once Fred sees that the doctor's method requires the murder of a "donating" soul, he terminates the contract. But Dr. Death refuses to accept failure, and with his mute henchman Thor (Leon Askin), begins a murder spree to find a soul that Mrs. Saunders' corpse will accept... eventually discovering Saunders' new girlfriend.

Moe appears as an audience volunteer at one of Dr. Death's reincarnation ceremonies.

Leon Askin played 'General Burkhalter' in HOGAN'S HEROES (1965 - 1971), and avid Mel Brooks fans know him as the "scenes-deleted" probate lawyer from YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974).

Uncredited, the film's financial backer was Barry Gordy of Motown.

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Moe Howard (Solo)
Release Date
October 01, 1973
Freedom Arts Pictures
Production Type
Feature Film
93 min.
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  • John Considine, who plays Doctor Death, is the brother of Tim Considine, who played Mike on MY THREE SONS.
    Source: wikipedia
    Added by archiezappa on 2009-06-03 12:18:09
    Status: Confirmed

  • This is the final feature film appearance of Moe Howard.
    Source: Moe Howard filmography
    Added by archiezappa on 2009-06-03 12:24:09
    Status: Confirmed

  • Barry Coe also appears in THE BRAVADOS, featuring Joe DeRita.
    Source: THE BRAVADOS (1958)
    Added by archiezappa on 2009-06-03 01:03:57
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Posted 2009-06-03 00:45:03 by archiezappa
Doctor Death is a very interesting film. It's definitely of the thriller/horror genre. It's actually pretty scary, if you think death and reincarnation are scary. Doctor Death is like Dracula in a way. He's not a vampire, but he's figured out a way to keep his soul on earth for over a thousand years. Fred Saunders is a mild mannered lawyer, who's wife has just died. He wants to bring her back to life. He believes this is possible to the point that it drives him crazy. That's when he calls on Doctor Death.Fred comes to his senses when he realizes what Doctor Death is doing. He just simply can't go along with it. Then, Doctor Death, who is obsessive-compulsive, refuses to become a failure. He tries everything to bring Mrs. Saunders back to life, against Fred's wishes. It's good for a horror film. I kinda have to be in the mood for horror. But if it's done well, it's pretty good. This is scripted and acted well. However, it was done on a low budget. But, a low budget is sometimes a good thing for a horror film. It's got a look to it that reminds me of another horror film: "The Pit And The Pendulum" starring Vincent Price. In fact, these two movies would do well as a double feature.Finally, this is Moe Howard's last feature film appearance. Too bad he didn't have a bigger part. It would have been cool if Moe could have instigated a pie fight at some point. Or at least given Doctor Death a double-eye poke.

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