The Crime of Dr. Crespi

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The Crime of Dr. Crespi
Directed by John H. Auer
Produced by John H. Auer
Herb Hayman
Written by Edgar Allan Poe (short story "The Premature Burial")
Lewis Graham
Edward Olmstead
John H. Auer
Starring Erich von Stroheim
Dwight Frye
John Bohn
Jeanne Kelly
Paul Guilfoyle
Harriet Russell
Distributed by Republic Pictures (US)
British Lion Films (UK)
Release date
  • September 24, 1935 (1935-09-24)
Running time
63 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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 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 asked to exhume Ross by the suspicious Dr. Thomas (Frye) to help him. They exhume the body and return to the hospital to prove he was poisoned. Ross awakens from the drug while on the autopsy table! A nice performance by vonStroheim. Frye gets his highest billing in any of his films and gives one of his few non-maniacal roles—he had a more distinguished reputation for his stage work, including Broadway (see his only authorized biography Dwight Frye's Last Laugh by Gregory Mank, et al., incl. Frye's only son, who died shortly after completing the book. The book is about 325 pages of which 200 deal with his life and the rest completely documents his career on stage and on film, with many, many photos and lots of personal family info.) Also see the contemporary 1936 New York Times review.


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  1. ^ The Crime of Dr. Crespi,; accessed August 6, 2015.

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