The Man With Two Lives (1942)

Genres - Horror, Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Thriller  |   Run Time - 67 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Long forgotten, Monogram's Man With Two Lives has recently resurfaced on the videocassette market, proving itself a most intriguing second-echelon "mad doctor" melodrama. Nearly killed in a car accident, Edward Norris is given a new lease on life when a dedicated (but slightly addled) scientist artificially injects a new soul into Norris' body. Alas, Norris' new soul is that of a recently executed murderer. Before the words "Frankenstein" or "Donovan's Brain" can form in our collective subconscious, Norris finds himself inexorably drawn to a life of crime. While the ending is a letdown, Man With Two Lives manages to keep the viewers on pins and needles for 66 of its 67 minutes.

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accident, afterlife, car, death, dream, execution, gangster, inhabitant, killing, mad-scientist, maniac, rampage, soul, zombie, life, man, youth