The Crime of Dr. Crespi

The Crime of Dr. Crespi is a 1935 American horror film starring Erich von Stroheim, Paul Guilfoyle, Jeanne Kelly, Dwight Frye, Harriet Russell, and John Bohn. It was released by Republic Pictures.[1]

The Crime of Dr. Crespi
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn H. Auer
Produced byJohn H. Auer
Herb Hayman
Screenplay byLewis Graham
Edward Olmstead
John H. Auer
Based onThe Premature Burial
by Edgar Allan Poe
StarringErich von Stroheim
Dwight Frye
John Bohn
Jeanne Kelly
Paul Guilfoyle
Harriet Russell
Music byMilton Schwarzwald (uncredited)
CinematographyLarry Williams
Edited byLeonard Wheeler
Distributed byRepublic Pictures (US)
British Lion Films (UK)
Release date
  • September 24, 1935 (1935-09-24)
Running time
63 minutes
CountryUnited States

The movie was filmed at Biograph Studios in The Bronx, New York and is loosely based on the Edgar Allan Poe short story, "The Premature Burial".


Dr. Andre Crespi (von Stroheim) hates Dr. Stephen Ross (Bohn), who married Crespi's girlfriend, Estelle (Harriet Russell). During surgery, Ross appears to die. Crespi has given Ross a drug that induces a state of apparent death, while Ross retains all of his senses. Dr. John Arnold (Guilfoyle) is then asked to exhume Ross by the suspicious Dr. Thomas (Frye). They exhume the body and return to the hospital to prove he was poisoned. Ross awakens from the drug while on the autopsy table.


  • Erich von Stroheim — Dr. Andre Crespi
  • Harriet Russell — Estelle Gorham Ross
  • Dwight Frye — Dr. Thomas
  • Paul Guilfoyle — Dr. John Arnold
  • John Bohn (stage name of Charles Frederick Herendeen) as Dr. Stephen Ross
  • Geraldine Kay as Miss Rexford
  • Jean Brooks as Miss Gordon
  • Patsy Berlin as Jeanne Ross
  • Joe Verdi as Di Angelo
  • Dean Raymond as Minister


In their 1936 review of the film, The New York Times gave the film a negative review, calling it "an almost humorously overstrained attempt at grimness". The reviewer criticized Stroheim as being "unconvincing", and uninspired cinematography; stating that Frye's performance was the film's only redeeming presence.[2]

See also


  1. The Crime of Dr. Crespi,; accessed August 6, 2015.
  2. "At the Rialto. - The New York Times". B.R.C. Retrieved June 6, 2019.

This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.