Tripti Joshi

Black Friday (1940 film)

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedIn
6.2/101 Votes Alchetron
1 Ratings
Rate This

Rate This

Director  Arthur Lubin
Film series  Universal horror
Country  United States
6.3/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Music director  Hans J. Salter
Language  English
Black Friday (1940 film) movie poster
Writer  Curt Siodmak, Eric Taylor
Release date  April 12, 1940 (1940-04-12)
Cast  Boris Karloff (Dr. Ernest Sovac), Bela Lugosi (Eric Marnay), Stanley Ridges (Prof. George Kingsley / Red Cannon), Anne Nagel (Sunny Rogers), Anne Gwynne (Jean Sovac), Virginia Brissac (Mrs. Margaret Kingsley)
Similar movies  Goodfellas, A Walk Among the Tombstones, The Departed, The Godfather, Up, Bound
Tagline  A Reign Of HORROR... a man-made monster on the loose!

Black friday 1940 trailer

Black Friday is a 1940 American science fiction film starring Boris Karloff. Béla Lugosi, although second-billed, has only a small part in the film and does not appear with Karloff. Writer Curt Siodmak would revisit this theme again in Donovan's Brain (1953) and Hauser's Memory (1970).


Black Friday (1940 film) movie scenes

Black friday 1940


Black Friday (1940 film) movie scenes

The famous Dr. Ernest Sovac's best friend, bookish college professor George Kingsley, is run down while crossing a street. In order to save his friend's life, Sovac implants part of another man's brain into the professor's. Unfortunately, the other man was a gangster who was involved in the accident. The professor recovers but at times behaves like the gangster, and his whole personality changes. Sovac is horrified but also intrigued, because the gangster has hidden $500,000 somewhere in the city. The doctor continues to treat his friend and, when the professor is under the influence of the gangster's brain, Sovac attempts to have the man lead him to the fortune. Béla Lugosi plays a gangster also trying to get his hands on the cash.


Black Friday (1940 film) movie scenes
  • Boris Karloff as Dr. Ernest Sovac
  • Béla Lugosi as Eric Marnay
  • Stanley Ridges as Professor George Kingsley / Red Cannon
  • Anne Nagel as Sunny Rogers
  • Anne Gwynne as Jean Sovac
  • Virginia Brissac as Mrs. Margaret Kingsley
  • Edmund MacDonald as Frank Miller
  • Paul Fix as William Kane
  • Murray Alper as Bellhop
  • Production

    Black Friday (1940 film) movie scenes

    The original script cast Lugosi as the doctor and Karloff as the professor. For unknown reasons, Karloff insisted on playing the doctor. Rather than a straight switch though, Lugosi was given the minor role of a rival gangster, while character actor Stanley Ridges was brought in to play the professor.

    The film provided a rare opportunity for Ridges.


    Black Friday (1940 film) Wikipedia
    Black Friday (1940 film) IMDbBlack Friday (1940 film)

    Similar Topics
    The Departed
    The Godfather