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BEFORE I HANG starring BORIS KARLOFF and EDWARD VAN SLOAN, with EVELYN KEYES, BRUCE BENNETT and ROBERT FISKE

Boris Karloff is strong in BEFORE I HANG as Dr. John Garth, who is seeking a serum that may alleviate the ravages of age. His experiments have led him to "mercy kill" one of the subjects of his studies, and for this, he is sentenced to death. Offered a chance to redeem himself through medical research in prison, he and a colleague (played by the fine character actor Edward Van Sloan) inoculate Garth with an experimental serum drawn from the veins of an executed murderer. The serum works, but Garth becomes a homicidal maniac. He kills his colleague and a prison trustee, and manages to lie his way into a pardon from the state for his humanitarian efforts. After he gets out, he really has a killer's jamboree.
Aside from the mechanical gesture of touching his hand to the back of his neck whenever one of the murderous fits come on, Karloff creates a character who is quite sympathetic. Evelyn Keyes as his daughter adds some spark to the melodramatic proceedings. All in all, the work holds up, and it's a must see for anyone who admires the efforts of Karloff and some of the other great character actors of that era who (time and again) were able to lend some real spark to what, in lesser hands, would have been a mere potboiler.

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