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The Black Sleep (1956)

NR 06/15/1956 (US) HorrorScience Fiction 1h 22m

The Terror Drug That Wakes the Dead!


In 19th century England, a noted brain surgeon rescues a former student from being hanged on a false conviction for murder, and spirits him away to an ancient, repurposed abbey far in the countryside. There, he connives his pupil into assisting him in mapping the functions of the various parts of the human brain, using living subjects who are under a terrible animation-suspending drug called "black sleep". Subsequently, the student, along with the daughter of one of the subjects, discover that most of these subjects have survived but are being kept in a dungeon-like cellar, in various stages of physical and mental derangement...

  1. Reginald Le Borg


  2. John C. Higgins


  3. Gerald Drayson Adams


Top Billed Cast

  1. Basil Rathbone

    Basil Rathbone

    Sir Joel Cadman

  2. Herbert Rudley

    Herbert Rudley

    Dr. Gordon Ramsay

  3. Patricia Blair

    Patricia Blair

    Laurie Munroe

  4. Akim Tamiroff

    Akim Tamiroff

    Odo the Gypsy

  5. Phyllis Stanley

    Phyllis Stanley


  6. Lon Chaney Jr.

    Lon Chaney Jr.

    Dr. Munroe, aka Mungo

  7. Bela Lugosi

    Bela Lugosi


  8. John Carradine

    John Carradine


  9. George Sawaya

    George Sawaya


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The Black Sleep
The Black Sleep

Status Released

Original Language English

Budget $225,000.00

Revenue -


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