Loosely based on Poe's "The Premature Burial," Eric von Stoheim plays Dr. Andre Crispi, a jealous surgeon. He has no love for Dr. Stephen Ross (John Bohn) who has married the girl Crespi loves, Estelle (Harriet Russell). Ross apparently dies during surgery. In reality he has been posioned by Crespi with a drug that induces a death-like catatonic state while leaving its victim fully aware of all his senses. Bwahaha! Thus Ross is buried. Double Bwahaha!
Fear not, gentle viewer, for Crespi has aroused the suspicions of Dr. Thomas (Dwight Frye in one of his non-lunatic roles). At Thomas' urging Ross is exhumed by Dr. John Arnold (Paul Guilfoyle -- no, not the CSI guy; this one was born in 1902). The body is placed on the autopsy table (remember, Ross is fully aware), and then...
Well, you know.
The Crime of Dr. Crespi
was directed by John H. Auer and written by
Edgar Allan Poe
Lewis Graham, Edward Olmstead, and Auer. Our old friend, Republic Pictures, distributed the film.
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