Considering the rarity and age of the movie (1936) the digitally remastered black & white print used for this Strawberry Media (ITV) All-Region (0) release is rather good, although there are no extras or subtitles. In this Gainsborough Picture, directed by Robert Stevenson & produced by Michael Balcon, Boris Karloff is perfectly cast as the brilliant but increasingly crackpot Dr. Laurience. As usual, Karloff is a sinister and menacing presence in this enjoyably hokey tale. His character is a 'brain genius' who's medical breakthrough allows him to transfer the personality of one person to another.
While assisted by the ethical Dr. Clare Wyatt, (Anna Lee) the doctor's work eventually attracts the attention of wealthy newspaper owner, Lord Haslewood (Frank Cellier) who offers to bankroll the doctor's experiments on condition that he is allowed to publish the medical results in his newspapers. However, as fate conspires against him, the already unstable Laurience descends further into madness while setting out on a maniacal journey which includes revenge. The supporting cast includes John Loder and Cecil Parker.
As a big fan of vintage horror/melodramas, I had a fair idea of what I was getting when I ordered this. The style, the storytelling, the performances, all very much of their time, with creepy old buildings, a laboratory resplendent with experimenting equipment, as well as the odd shifty looking character etc. It won't be everyone's cup of tea of course, but fans of the genre will probably lap it up, I certainly did.