â€œMy father had become a very strange man!â€ Thatâ€™s not something anyone wants to hear from their daughter, but nevertheless, itâ€™s what Boris Karloffâ€™s characterâ€™s daughter says of him in The Devil Commands (1941). Join this episodeâ€™s Grue Crew – Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, and Jeff Mohr – as they lock themselves in the laboratory with the best of Columbiaâ€™s Boris Karloff â€œMad Doctorâ€ series of films.
Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 51 â€“ The Devil Commands (1941)
Synopsis: A scientist becomes obsessed with the idea of communicating with his dead wife.
- Director: Edward Dmytryk
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Jeff picked this movie when he discovered it was: 1. based on William Sloaneâ€™s novel The Edge of Running Water; and 2. directed by Edward Dmytryk, one of his favorite noir film directors. He was not disappointed! Though they hadnâ€™t seen The Devil Commands before, Chad and Whitney were pleasantly surprised as well. Whitney finds the relationship between Karloffâ€™s Dr. Blair and Anne Revereâ€™s Mrs. Walters, a medium turned Svengali, to be disturbing yet realistic, considering Dr. Blairâ€™s devastation at his wifeâ€™s death. Chad comments on the arc Dr. Blair follows from principled scientist and happy family man to a physically deteriorated, obsessed scientist who has lost almost all connection to his humanity.
The Devil Commands receives a unanimous recommendation from your Grue Crew as an undiscovered gem from the 1940s. Donâ€™t waste any time checking it out! For that matter, dig into William Sloaneâ€™s novel as well!
The Decades of Horror: The Classic Era Grue Crew plan to release a new episode every other week. The next episode in our very flexible schedule will be Ingmar Bergmanâ€™s Hour of the Wolf (1968).
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