Hot Picks

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- A Perfect Host 2019

- Mommy 1995

- Teacher Shortage 2020

- Perfect 2020

- The Divide 2019

- Human Hibachi 2020

- The Mannequin 2020

- Bite Night 2020

- Mother 2020

- The Cannibal Killer: The Real Story of Jeffrey Dahmer 2020

- My Hindu Friend 2015

- Creation 2016

- Black Angel 1946

- The Kingdom of Var 2019

- Tribes 2020

- Medicated 2018

- Edge of the Axe 1988

- Bloodhound 2020

- My Nights with Susan, Sandra, Olga & Julie 1975

- Everyone Laugh at Leanne 2019

- Mandragoras 2019

- Paranormal Farm 3: Halloween 2019

- Little Chief 2020

- Ernesto's Manifesto 2019

- Limerence 2019

- RoboCop 1987

- Road Trip 2019

- The Butcher 2019

- Frank and Eva 1973

- Sharp Point 2019

- Red Handed 2019

- Santa 2019

- The Dunes 2019

- Frenzy 3 2019

- Abstruse 2019

- Hollie 2019

- The Far Country 1954

- PandaMonium 2020

- Perverted Desire 2020

- Lection 2019

- The League of Legend Keepers: Shadows 2019

- Blue Movie 1971

- The Last Heroes 2019

- Reality Queen! 2019

- Flowers in the Attic 1987

- A Night at the Movies ... Indie Style 2019

- John #3 2017

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946

The Crime of Dr. Crespi

USA 1935
produced by
John H. Auer for Liberty Pictures
directed by John H. Auer
starring Erich von Stroheim, Harriet Russell, Dwight Frye, Paul Guilfoyle, John Bohn, Geraldine Kay, Jean Brooks, Patsy Berlin, Joe Verdi, Dean Raymond
screenplay by Lewis Graham, Edward Olmstead, John H. Auer, somehow based on The Premature Burial

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

Alice in Wonderland

Arsène Lupin



Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan


Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who


Elizabeth Bathory



Flash Gordon


Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu





El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim


Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution


Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III


Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong


Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera


Robin Hood

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes


Star Trek

Sukeban Deka



Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers


Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman




Doctor Stephen Ross (John Bohn) has just had a terrible accident, and only a very peculiar surgical intervention could save him, an operation that only one man could perform, Dr Crespi (Erich von Stroheim). Crespi is the egotistical head of a private hospital, and he once was Ross's best friend, but that ended when Ross stole away the girl he loved, Estelle (Harriet Russell), who has since become Mrs Ross. Now Estelle comes crawling back to Crespi, begging him to save her husband's very life, and he enjoys torturing her a bit before agreeing to do the job ... and the operation turns out to be a full success. It's only hours later that complications arise. Crespi is on the scene soon enough to give Ross an injection, but alas too late, Ross dies only a few minutes later.

When Doctor Thomas comes to Crespi's office a few minutes later, he is surprised that Crespi hands him a fully filled out death certificate, something he had hardly time to do in the short time since Ross has died ...

That night in the morgue: Ross wakes up from a death-like state of catatonia, but an intruder injects him with a serum that puts him right back into that state, and this intruder is of course Dr Crespi himself, who wants to have his final revenge on the man who stole his Estelle, a revenge that would end in a premature burial.

The next day, Crespi prepares for Ross's burial, when Dr Thomas comes into his office and accuses him of having poisoned Ross. Crespi knocks Thomas unconscious, ties him up and hides him in his wardrobe. Then he attends Ross's funeral, which goes through without interruption. It's then that Crespi returns to his office and sets Thomas free again, making up some silly excuse to get him off his case. But of course, he has all but convinced Thomas, who that night pays a visit to the cemetary together with Doctor Arnold (Paul Guilfoyle) to dig up Ross's corpse to perform an autopsy on him to prove Crespi a killer - but they are more than a bit surprised to find Ross still alive ...

In the finale, Ross bursts into Crespi's office to accuse him of murder right when Estelle arrives as well - and when docs Thomas and Arnold come to join the party, Crespi knows his time is up, and he shoots himself dead ...


A movie with an interesting story, many a macabre detail and two great leads (Erich von Stroheim and Dwight Frye) that is somehow tampered by a very stagey direction, terrible pacing and a lack of suspense. What remains is an interesting film, but not a very good one.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


Feeling lucky ?
Want to
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?

The links below
will take you
just there !!!

Find The Crime of Dr. Crespi
at the amazons ...


Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)

Germany (East AND West)

Looking for imports ?
Find The Crime of Dr. Crespi here ...

Your shop for all things Thai

Something naughty ?
(Must be over 18 to go there !)

x-rated  find The Crime of Dr. Crespi at

Thanks for watching !!!



Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

is all of that.


Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
screenwriter and film reviewer
Michael Haberfelner.


Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
Michael Haberfelner


Out now from




On the same day
a Burglar wants to kill you
and your Ex wants
to make up ...
... and for the life of it,
you can't decide


A Killer Conversation

produced by and starring
Melanie Denholme
directed by
David V.G. Davies
written by
Michael Haberfelner
Ryan Hunter and
Rudy Barrow

out now on DVD