Watch: The Man Who Could Cheat Death 1959 123movies, Full Movie Online – In 1890, in Paris, the artist Dr. Georges Bonnet invites a group of friends for a private exposition of his new sculpture. Among the guests are Dr. Pierre Gerrard and his companion Janine Du Bois that had an affair with Dr. Bonnet ten years ago in Italy. When they see each other, their love rekindle. However Dr. Bonnet has a dark secret since he is 104 years old and needs to have a gland transplanted every ten years to keep his youth. But his partner and friend Dr. Ludwig Weiss had a stroke in Switzerland and cannot perform the surgery..
Plot: Dr. Bonner plans to live forever through periodic gland transplants from younger, healthier human victims. Bonner looks about 40; he’s really 104 years old. But people are starting to get suspicious, and he may not make 200.
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Tepid mix of Jack the Ripper and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but still enjoyable
In 1890, a sculptor in Paris (Anton Diffring) is suspected of something sinister when it’s discovered that he shows up in different city every ten years with missing persons linked to each transition. Hazel Court plays his romantic interest while Christopher Lee rounds out the potential love triangle.
“The Man Who Could Cheat Death” (1959) is an obscure Hammer film that should be appreciated by fans of these particular gothic horrors. As my title blurb points out, it meshes elements of Jack the Ripper and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with the typical style/sets/locations of Hammer horror. If you favor similar flicks like “The Gorgon” (1964), “Frankenstein Created Woman” (1967) and “Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed” (1969), you’ll probably like this one. Yet it’s the least of these due to unnecessarily puzzling elements concerning the sculptor’s sinister doings.
Nevertheless, Diffring is effective in the titular role and it’s nice to see Lee in his younger days playing a noble character, plus redhead Hazel Court is ravishing; and blonde Delphi Lawrence ain’t no slouch. The Paris setting is another distinguishing factor.
The role of the sculptor was originally offered to Peter Cushing, but he turned it down. The European release featured a tame scene in which Ms. Court briefly appears topless.
The movie runs 1 hour, 23 minutes, and was shot at Bray Studios in Berkshire, England.
He’s a little bit Phantom, He’s a little bit Dorian Gray….
Anton Diffring is Dr. Georges Bonner, a physician with an eye for sculpting beautiful ladies, and when provoked by mysterious mood-swings (which require a smoking green potion to bring him down), literally loves them to death! What is causing his homicidal tendencies? Only one person seems to know the answer, and he is Dr. Ludwig Weiss (Arnold Marle’), a visiting doctor who at first seems to be Dr. Bonner’s mentor until a shocking truth is revealed. The fact that he wants to involve the beautiful Hazel Court in his evil discovery brings the sinister past of this doomed soul to light, covering a series of murders of women strangled after having their busts sculpted.
This is a fascinating study of a megalomaniac so consumed with his own immortality that he doesn’t consider the people that he loves with desires so selfish and cunning. You know that his come-uppance is going to be delicious just like the fates of so many monstrous humans in horror films that utilized the talents God gave them for their own ends which resulted in a lavish destruction. Delphi Lawrence is pathetically memorable as one of Diffring’s victims while Court is a combination of loveliness and charm who must suddenly turn to stupidity when Diffring locks her in a basement laboratory and simply sits there waiting to be left out. Christopher Lee gets to be a little bit more sedate and non-villainous as a doctor acquaintance of Diffring’s who is shocked by what he learns. Marle’ is the heart of the story, an elderly doctor filled with regret by what he did in his past in the name of scientific discovery and must now pay for his part in Diffring’s devilish plot.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 23 min (83 min)
Genre Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Director Terence Fisher
Writer Jimmy Sangster, Barré Lyndon
Actors Anton Diffring, Hazel Court, Christopher Lee
Country United Kingdom
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.66 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm