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Revolt of the Zombies

1936

The film is set during World War I. A "French Cambodian" contingent had heard strange stories about zombification--supposedly Angkor Wat was built by utilizing zombies--and there are tales of zombie armies easily overcoming foes. Armand Louque (Dean Jagger) brings back a priest who supposedly knows the secret of zombification, but he won't talk. So Louque and an international military contingent head to Angkor Wat on an archaeological expedition designed to discover the secret of zombification and destroy the information before zombies have a chance to "wipe out the white race".


Revolt of the Zombies is a 1936 horror film directed and produced by the Halperin Brothers which stars Dean Jagger and Dorothy Stone. It is one of the earliest Zombie (fictional). Although it was conceived as a loose sequel to Victor Halperin's moderately successful 1932 film White Zombie (film), when compared with Halperin's previous work, this film is generally regarded as a disappointment. Although he is not credited in the film, Bela Lugosi's eyes appear in Revolt of the Zombies whenever zombifying-powers are used; it is the same image of Lugosi's eyes used in the film White Zombie (film). Revolt of the Zombies is in the public domain, and can be copied or distributed without regard to copyright law.<></>

Plot

On the Franco-Austrian Frontier during World War I, an Oriental priest, chaplain of a French colonial regiment, is condemned to life imprisonment because he possesses the power to turn men into zombies. In his prison cell, the priest prepares to burn a parchment containing the location of the secret formula. Gen. Mazovia (Roy D'Arcy) kills the priest and takes the partially burned parchment. After the war, an expedition of representatives from the Allied countries with colonial interests are sent to Cambodia to find and destroy forever the so-called "Secret of the Zombies". The group includes Colonel Mazovia; a student of dead languages, Armand Louque (Dean Jagger); Englishman Clifford Grayson (Robert Noland); General Duval (George Cleveland); and his daughter Claire (Dorothy Stone).
Armand falls in love with Claire, who accepts his proposal of marriage to spite Clifford, whom she really loves. Later, when Claire runs to Cliff for comfort following an accident, Armand breaks the engagement, leaving her free to marry Cliff. Further accidents caused by Mazovia result in the natives using to work, forcing the expedition to return to Phnom Penh. Armand finds a clue which he had overlooked before and returns to Angkor against orders.
After viewing an ancient ceremony at a temple, Armand follows one of the servants of a high priest out of the temple, through a swamp, to a mysterious bronze doorway. When the servant leaves, Armand goes through the door to a room paneled in bronze, with an idol holding a gong. He accidentally strikes the gong, and a panel in the wall opens, revealing a small metal tablet. He translates the inscription and realizes that it is the secret for which they have all been looking. He alone now has the power to make zombies out of people, and begins with a practice run on his servant before using his zombie powers in an attempt to coerce the fickle Claire in the movie's climax.

Production

In November 1935, trades papers announced that brothers Victor Halperin and Edward Halperin would create a sequel to White Zombie (film) that would be produced by Academy Pictures. A camera crew was sent to Angkor, Indochina to film background shots for the film. Production on Revolt of the Zombies was behind schedule in January with no script complete while the Halperins planned on filming in February.
In May 1936, however, the Halperins encountered legal troubles in the form of a suit from Amusement Securities Corporation, a company that had helped finance White Zombie. Amusement Securities alleged that its contract for the earlier film gave it the exclusive right to use the world "zombie" in motion picture titles. Amusement Securities sent letters to theaters who planned to showcase Revolt of the Zombies, warning them not to show the film. As the film's premiere approached, Judge Waservogel of the New York State Supreme Court ruled that screenings of the film could take place until a judgement in the suit was reached, and appointed attorney Henry Hoffman to eree the case. On June 27, 1936, Hoffman issued an opinion in favor of the plaintiffs, awarding Amusement Securities $11,500 in damages and legal fees and prohibiting the Halperins from promoting Revolt of the Zombies as a sequel to White Zombie.< name="Rhodes172" />

Cast

  • Dorothy Stone as Claire Duval
  • Dean Jagger as Armand Louque
  • Roy D'Arcy as Gen. Mazovia
  • Robert Noland as Clifford Grayson
  • George Cleveland as Gen. Duval
  • E. Alyn Warren as Dr. Trevissant
  • Carl Stockdale as Ignacio / Max MacDonald
  • William Crowell as Priest Tsiang
  • Teru Shimada as Buna
  • Adolph Milar as Gen. von Schelling
  • Sana Rayya as Dancer
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  • Category:1930s horror films
    Category:1936 films
    Category:American horror films
    Category:Black-and-white films
    Category:English-language films
    Category:Films directed by Victor Hugo Halperin
    Category:Independent films
    Category:Zombie films
    Category:Films set in Cambodia
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