On a different slant of the Jekyll & Hyde theme Boris Karloff plays the mad professor and Bela Lugosi the gangster. In another black & white small classic and nostalgic movie combining brain surgery with stolen money. Not quite as good as the Black Cat but well worth watching for the two horror stars.
Ludicrous but fun story where Karloff a brilliant surgeon saves his scientist friend after a bad accident and gives him a brain transplant. The only problem is is that he has given him the brain of a criminal. That criminal has $500,000 stashed away so Karloff tries to get him to remember where the money is.
Black Friday is a fun take on the Jekyll and Hyde story with some nice sets thrown in, and the acting is good. Bela lugosi also stars, though feels misscast as a gang leader given his accent- it just doesn't work. This is bundled into the horror genre and there is quite a high bodycount for a movie made in 1940, but Black Friday feels like a gangster movie through and through.
Of note Karloff and Lugosi share no scenes. Fans of Friday the 13th will be interested to know that the movie starts off on June 13th a Friday which is the exact date and month that the 1980 slasher occurs on- also the French title for this movie dropped the 'Black' and called this Friday the 13th.