The Mad Ghoul

1943

Diabolical but distinguished professor George Zucco discovers a life-preserving gas used by the ancient Egyptians and administers it on his young assistant when he discovers they're in love with the same woman. The stuff turns the assistant into a mummifying zombie, easily open to suggestions that he kill people or drop his engagement plans.

Cast:
David Bruce .... Ted Allison
Evelyn Ankers .... Isabel Lewis
George Zucco .... Dr. Alfred Morris
Robert Armstrong .... 'Scoop' McClure
Turhan Bey .... Eric Iverson
Milburn Stone .... Sgt. Macklin
Andrew Tombes .... Egan (mortician)
Rose Hobart .... Della Elliot (reporter)
Addison Richards .... Editor Gavigan
Charles McGraw .... Det. Garrity
Gus Glassmire .... First cemetery caretaker
Gene O'Donnell .... Radio reporter
Bess Flowers .... Woman in audience
Cyril Ring .... Man in audience

Evelyn Ankers

Rose Hobart

The daughter of a cellist with the New York Symphony Rose was born in New York City on 1 May 1906. Rose Hobart's first brush with the arts was a model for several Woodstock-based artists like George Bellows. Splitting her time with her divorced parents, Hobart was educated in boarding schools all over the country. At 15, she began her stage career as a performer in the Chautaqua tent-show circuit. During the 1920s, she appeared on stage with such notables as Eva Le Gallienne, Noel Coward and Ina Claire; in 1929, she replaced Katharine Hepburn in the first Broadway staging of Death Takes a Holiday. She came to films in 1930, once again as a replacement, this time for Janet Gaynor in Frank Borzage's production of Liliom. She went on to appear in over 40 additional films, both in the A and B category. When artist Joseph Cornell re-cut "East of Borneo"(1931) into an avant-garde silent short, he re-titled it "Rose Hobart" after the female lead. Many of her leading lady roles were decorative but colorless (e.g. the "good" girl in 1931's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde); she became a much more fascinating screen presence when she began portraying spiteful other women, castrating wives and subtle villainesses. After 1949's Bride of Vengeance, Rose Hobart was involuntarily retired from films, the victim of the Hollywood blacklist. She spent the rest of her professional life as an acting counselor,she returned to acting in the 1960s on TV's "Peyton Place." She appeared in a student film, "Rancho California", in 1988. n 1994 she wrote her autobiography titled "A Steady Digression to a Fixed Point." For many years she has resided at the Motion Picture and Television Country House, where she edited "Haven News", the journal of the Motion Picture Country Home. Rose Hobart died 29 August 2000 inWoodland Hills, California, of natural causes.

 

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