Release dateSeptember 24, 1935 (1935-09-24) WriterEdgar Allan Poe (based on the story by), Lewis Graham (screenplay), Edward Olmstead (screenplay), John H. Auer (screenplay) ScreenplayJohn H. Auer, Lewis Graham, Edward Olmstead CastErich von Stroheim (Dr Andre Crespi), Dwight Frye (Dr Thomas), Jean Brooks (Miss Gordon), Paul Guilfoyle (Dr John Arnold), Harriet Russell (Estelle Gorham Ross) Similar moviesRelated John H Auer movies
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.
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.
Frye received his highest billing in any of his films for this feature, and performs one of his few non-maniacal roles. He had a more distinguished reputation for his stage work, including Broadway.