Doctor X (1932) is a pre-Code thrill ride that utilized two-color Technicolor, which if you’ve never seen anything in this format, it takes a second to enjoy it. From the first glimpse, it’s like a horrible attempt of colorization, then as your eyes adjust it’s like glowing sepia and cyan and is quite beautiful the way it shimmers.
One of my favorite stars from the era is Fay Wray, and she graces the screen as Joanne Xavier, Dr. Jerry Xavier’s (Lionel Atwill) daughter. Another notable for me is Lee Tracy, who is great with bringing comic relief; he plays Lee Taylor, a reporter for the Daily World investigating a string of killings that happen during a full moon.
The experiments being conducted at the Academy of Surgical Research are fun; I don’t want to spoil them, so check this one out to see them for yourself. There is an edginess present and creepiness that are off the charts. The make-up effects and other special effects are astounding to witness.
Doctor X masters creepiness with its camera angles and smooth musical score. No matter how many times I’ve seen this film I’m blown away.
Doctor X is a classic that is a must-see. I give it 4 out of 5 Stars.