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Dr. Cyclops (Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1940)
Release Notes
Type..................: Movie
Container file........: MKV
Audio Languages.......: English 2.0 (Mono, Untouched)
Subtitles Ripped......: Spanish
Subtitles in Subpack..: French, Spanish
Aspect Ratio..........: 1.33:1
Original Aspect Ratio.: 1.37:1
Color.................: Color
Source................: NTSC DVD
Genre.................: Sci/Fi
IMDb Rating...........: 6.3
Movie Information.....:


The first Technicolor horror film since Mystery of the Wax Museum, Dr. Cyclops
was directed by Ernest Schoedsack, of King Kong fame. Albert Dekker chews the
scenery as mad scientist Dr. Thorkel, who has developed a process that will
shrink human beings to doll size. His first victims include mining engineers
Bill Stockton (Thomas Coley) and Steve Baker (Victor Kilian) and biologists Mary
Mitchell (Janice Logan) and Dr. Bullfinch (Charles Halton). At first willing to
play-act the role of benevolent despot with his miniaturized captives, Thorkel
reveals the more sinister side of his personality by abruptly murdering
Bullfinch in cold blood (easily the film's most frightening sequence). The rest
of the picture details the escape efforts of the three pint-sized protagonists
as they hack their way through a jungle of gigantic foliage and do battle with
oversized wildlife. Though the cheery Technicolor hues tend to dilute the
"scare" quotient in Dr. Cyclops, the special effects are superbly convincing

Albert Dekker - Dr. Thorkel
Thomas Coley - Bill Stockton
Charles Halton - Dr. Bulfinch
Victor Kilian - Steve Baker
Frank Yaconelli - Pedro
Allen Fox - Cab Driver
Douglas Carter - Cab Driver
Paul Fix - Dr. Mendoza
Frank Reicher - Prof. Kendall
Bill Wilkerson - Silent Indian
Janice Logan - Dr. Mary Robinson

Ernest B. Schoedsack - Director
Merian C. Cooper - Producer
Dale Van Every - Producer
Tom Kilpatrick - Screenwriter
Winton Hoch - Cinematographer
Henry Sharp - Cinematographer
Gerard Carbonara - Composer (Music Score)
Albert Hay Malotte - Composer (Music Score)
Ernst Toch - Composer (Music Score)
Ellsworth Hoagland - Editor
A.E. Freudeman - Production Designer
Hans Dreier - Art Director
Earl Hedrick - Art Director
Farciot Edouart - Special Effects


Dr Cyclops is one of the best mad scientist films of the 1940s. It was directed
and produced by no less than Ernest B. Schoedsak and Merian C. Cooper, who only
a few years earlier had made the all-time classic monster movie King Kong
(1933). When the majority of the mad scientist films of the 1940s became
typified by the likes of The Devil Bat (1940), this is one that stands heads and
shoulders above all the others, even if for the simple fact that it, unlike all
the others, it was made in colour.

Although the film has had somewhat of an edge taken off it by today’s routinely
miraculous flights of CGI generated banality, it was a real tour-de-force of
special effects for the time it was made. The combination of matte work, split-
screen and scaled-down sets is quite flawless. Schoedsak sets up some superb
shots – like the shot where Albert Dekker holds a squirming Charles Halton up
before his looming face in his fingers; or a single-shot encapsulating Dekker’s
shooting of Yaconelli as he scales a rock, even down to the tiny splash as the
body hits the water. The detail is amazing – like the way the miniaturized horse
struggles in the net as it is taken away. The effect of the size difference is
further enhanced by shooting the small people only in wide-angle, never in
closeup, and almost always looking down on them. (The only problem here being
that this tends to make them into an aggregate group and they never really
achieve individual characterizations). Before the particular theme was overtaken
by the stark metaphoric power of The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) or the
unalloyed fun and wonderment of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989), this was one of
the best miniaturized people survivalist stories.

Albert Dekker, one actor whose personal life makes for bizarrely interesting
reading, played sinister and villainous characters in a number of films during
this decade. His Thorkel is an interestingly shaded mad scientist, much better
characterized than most of his contemporaries. Although he is never actually
referred to Dr Cyclops – the title is an allusion to the Greek myth of the one-
eyed giant monster The Cyclops. In the myth The Cyclops made prisoners out of
travelers who escaped by blinding its single eye, something the miniaturized
prisoners here do by breaking Dekker’s Coke bottle glasses.


A scientist with bad vision experiments with the power to miniaturize animals.
He invites a group of scientists to his jungle laboratory to solve a minor
problem, and when they don't leave after he's finished with them, he
miniaturizes them.

This is a solid SF adventure flick from one of the directors of KING KONG, and
though I don't consider it a real classic, it's certainly quite enjoyable. I
particularly like Albert Dekker's performance as Dr. Thorkal a.k.a. Dr. Cyclops;
his madness is peppered with a number of quirky traits, and he is in fact a
surprisingly vulnerable individual. He is like no other mad scientist that I can
think of, and this novelty gives the movie much of its appeal.



Format : Matroska
File size : 1.29 GiB
Duration : 1h 16mn
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Language : English

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Title : English 1.0
Language : English

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Codec ID : S_TEXT/UTF8
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Title : Español
Language : Spanish


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