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The Crime of Dr. Crespi

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

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 then asked to exhume Ross by the suspicious Dr. Thomas (Frye). They exhume the body and return to the hospital to prove he was poisoned. Ross awakens from the drug while on the autopsy table.

Frye received his highest billing in any of his films for this feature, and performs one of his few non-maniacal roles. He had a more distinguished reputation for his stage work, including Broadway.


  • Erich von Stroheim — Dr. Andre Crespi
  • Harriet Russell — Estelle Gorham Ross
  • Dwight Frye — Dr. Thomas
  • Paul Guilfoyle — Dr. John Arnold
  • John Bohn (stage name of Charles Frederick Herendeen) as Dr. Stephen Ross
  • Geraldine Kay as Miss Rexford
  • Jean Brooks as Miss Gordon
  • Patsy Berlin as Jeanne Ross
  • Joe Verdi as Di Angelo
  • Dean Raymond as Minister

See alsoEdit


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

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