The Man with Nine Lives (film)

The Man with Nine Lives

Film poster
Directed by Nick Grinde
Produced by Irving Briskin
Wallace MacDonald
Written by Harold Shumate
Screenplay by Karl Brown
Starring Boris Karloff
Roger Pryor
Cinematography Benjamin H. Kline
Edited by Al Clark
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • April 18, 1940 (1940-04-18)
Running time
74 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Man with Nine Lives is a 1940 American science fiction mystery film directed by Nick Grinde and starring Boris Karloff.[1]

Both The Man with Nine Lives and The Man They Could Not Hang were based in part on the real-life saga of Dr. Robert Cornish, a University of California professor who, in 1934, announced he had restored life to a dog named Lazarus that he had put to death by clinical means. The resulting publicity (including a Time magazine article and motion picture footage of the allegedly re-animated canine) led to Cornish being booted off campus.[2]


Dr. Tim Mason (Roger Pryor), a medical researcher experimenting in "frozen therapy" visits the deserted home of Dr. Leon Kravaal (Boris Karloff), the originator of the therapy, who has been missing for ten years. After discovering a secret passage in the basement, Dr. Mason and his nurse (Jo Ann Sayers) discover Kravaal and four other men frozen in a pair of hidden ice chambers. The doctor and nurse successfully revive Kravaal, who then revives the other four men. Things turn more sinister as Kravaal holds everyone captive in order to use them as guinea pigs, hoping to unlock the key to "frozen therapy."


See also


  1. Stephen Jacobs, Boris Karloff: More Than a Monster, Tomohawk Press 2011 p 258-259
  2. "The Man with Nine Lives (1940) - Articles -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
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