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The Black Sleep Details


Given its cast and director, it is disheartening that The Black Sleep isn't any better than it is. Basil Rathbone heads the cast as Sir Joel Cadman, who uses a mind-controlling drug known as "The Black Sleep" to place brilliant scientist Gordon Ramsay (Herbert Rudley) under his control. Cadman needs Ramsay's intellect and expertise to aid him in a series of mysterious, covert experiments involving brain transplants. Evidently Cadman has already endured a few failures, as witness the present feeble-minded state of his former "volunteer" Mungo (Lon Chaney Jr.). Ramsay and heroine Laurie Munro (Patricia Blake) finally learn what Cadman is up to when they stumble upon a dungeon full of his previous "experiments," including a demented, emaciated man (John Carradine) and a blank-eyed monstrosity (Tor Johnson). In his last mainstream film, Bela Lugosi essays the thankless role of Cadman's mute servant. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Basil Rathbone
as Sir Joel Cadman
Akim Tamiroff
as Odo, the Gypsy
Lon Chaney, Jr.
as Mungo
John Carradine
as Borg
Bela Lugosi
as Casimir
Herbert Rudley
as Dr. Gordon Ramsay
Patricia Blake
as Laurie
Phyllis Stanley
as Daphne
Tor Johnson
as Curry
Sally Yarnell
as Nancy
Claire Carleton
as Carmona Daly
Louanna Gardner
as Angelina Cadman
Clive Morgan
as Constable Glenowen
John Sheffield
as Scotland Yard Detective


Reginald Le Borg
Howard W. Koch
Gordon Avil
Les Baxter
Composer (Music Score)
Robert Kinoshita
Production Designer
Aubrey Schenk
Executive Producer
Wes Jeffries
Costume Designer
Angela Alexander
Costume Designer
Ben Colman
Camera Operator
Gordon Bau
Ted Coodley