THE MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH
Director - Terence Fisher; Screenplay - Jimmy Sangster based on the play by
Barré Lyndon; Producer - Michael Carreras; Associate Producer - Anthony Nelson-Keys;
Cinematography - Jack Asher; Film editor - John Dunsford; Music - Richard Bennett; Make-up - Roy Ashton;
Production design - Bernard Robinson. Production Company - Hammer. 83 Minutes.
Cast: Anton Diffrin (Dr. Georges Bonnet), Hazel Court (Janine Dubois),
Christopher Lee (Dr. Pierre Gerard), Arnold Marlé (Prof. Ludwig Weiss),
Delphi Lawrence (Margo Phillipe), Francis De Wolff (Inspector. LeGris),
Gerda Larsen (Street Girl), Middleton Woods (Little Man), Michael Ripper (Morgue Attendant).
(A remake of "The Man in Half Moon Street" (1944). Paris, 1890.
Amateur sculptor Dr Georges Bonnet is 104 but looks 40. Dr. Bonnet is
desperate for his old partner Professor Ludwig Weiss to perform an
'uter-parathyroid' operation that will give him ten more years of youth
and vitality; until then he must drink a secret formula every six hours
or revert to an alarming state of decrepitude. The doctor is also a
sculptor, and beautiful Janine Dubois would like to turn posing for him
into a permanent relationship. Dr. Weiss arrives, but paralysis in his
arm prevents him from operating. Bonnet tries to interest Janine's suitor
Dr. Pierre Gerard in performing the gland-switch procedure. That's when
inspector LeGris begins nosing around, looking for another of Bonnet's
models who has mysteriously disappeared. Evidence is beginning to accumulate
indicating that Dr. Bonnet is a lot older than he looks! (Plot taken from DVD Savant.)
Screen grabs by Stuart Hall; screen grab of
Hazel Court topless (14th) courtesy Ted Newsom.