Corridors of Blood (1963)

85 mins | Horror | 5 June 1963

Director:

Robert Day

Cinematographer:

Geoffrey Faithfull

Editor:

Peter Mayhew

Production Designer:

Tony Masters

Production Company:

Producers Associates
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HISTORY

Productions charts in the 9 Jul 1958 Var noted that principal photography began 12 May 1958 under the working title, The Doctor from Seven Dials, which referenced a particular junction of seven roads in London, England. The U.S.-England coproduction was released nearly five years later as Corridors of Blood by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. (MGM), double-billed with the Italian-language picture, Werewolf in a Girl's Dormitory (1961).
       According to the 17 Apr 1963 Var, MGM executives Fred J. Schwartz and Si Seadler hosted a promotional luncheon three days earlier at the Chateau Henri IV in New York City, with a menu featuring "Zombie Zoup," "Entrails en Brochette," "Witches' Brew," and "Hungarian Ghoulish." In the 12 Jun 1963 Var, Schwartz declared the double bill a success, due in part to his publicity campaign, which included "a hearse driven around town heralding the openings." He predicted domestic rentals of $700,000 to $900,000.
       Corridors of Blood opened 5 Jun 1963 in New York City. The 6 Jun 1963 NYT gave its approval to the first quarter of the film, which ultimately descended into "a plodding, shuddersome exercise in blood and pain."
       Released in Great Britain in Sep 1962; running time: 86 ... More Less

Productions charts in the 9 Jul 1958 Var noted that principal photography began 12 May 1958 under the working title, The Doctor from Seven Dials, which referenced a particular junction of seven roads in London, England. The U.S.-England coproduction was released nearly five years later as Corridors of Blood by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. (MGM), double-billed with the Italian-language picture, Werewolf in a Girl's Dormitory (1961).
       According to the 17 Apr 1963 Var, MGM executives Fred J. Schwartz and Si Seadler hosted a promotional luncheon three days earlier at the Chateau Henri IV in New York City, with a menu featuring "Zombie Zoup," "Entrails en Brochette," "Witches' Brew," and "Hungarian Ghoulish." In the 12 Jun 1963 Var, Schwartz declared the double bill a success, due in part to his publicity campaign, which included "a hearse driven around town heralding the openings." He predicted domestic rentals of $700,000 to $900,000.
       Corridors of Blood opened 5 Jun 1963 in New York City. The 6 Jun 1963 NYT gave its approval to the first quarter of the film, which ultimately descended into "a plodding, shuddersome exercise in blood and pain."
       Released in Great Britain in Sep 1962; running time: 86 minutes. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
LOCATION
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
New York Times
5 Jun 1963
p. 31.
New York Times
6 Jun 1963
p. 37.
Variety
9 Jul 1958
p. 22.
Variety
17 Apr 1963
p. 5.
Variety
12 Jun 1963
p. 26.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Doctor from Seven Dials
The Doctor of Seven Dials
Release Date:
5 June 1963
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 5 June 1963
Production Date:
began 12 May 1958
Duration(in mins):
85
Countries:
United Kingdom, United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Before the discovery of anesthesia, operations were bloody, screaming ordeals from which the patient often emerged insane. In 1840, London surgeon Dr. Bolton tries to remedy the situation, but he becomes addicted to his experimental drugs. Following a demonstration during which one of his patients rises from the operating table and attacks the attending doctors and students, the humiliated Bolton takes an overdose of drugs and enters a tavern in the slum district of Seven Dials. There he falls prey to Black Ben and Resurrection Joe, whose main activity is supplying the hospital with bodies for dissection. In exchange for stolen drugs, Bolton is forced to supply signed death certificates for their victims. When one of the grave robbers murders a hospital guard, the police apprehend the criminals, but not before Bolton is stabbed to death. Bolton's son Jonathan continues his father's experiments and becomes instrumental in developing ... +


Before the discovery of anesthesia, operations were bloody, screaming ordeals from which the patient often emerged insane. In 1840, London surgeon Dr. Bolton tries to remedy the situation, but he becomes addicted to his experimental drugs. Following a demonstration during which one of his patients rises from the operating table and attacks the attending doctors and students, the humiliated Bolton takes an overdose of drugs and enters a tavern in the slum district of Seven Dials. There he falls prey to Black Ben and Resurrection Joe, whose main activity is supplying the hospital with bodies for dissection. In exchange for stolen drugs, Bolton is forced to supply signed death certificates for their victims. When one of the grave robbers murders a hospital guard, the police apprehend the criminals, but not before Bolton is stabbed to death. Bolton's son Jonathan continues his father's experiments and becomes instrumental in developing anesthetics. +

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