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The Mad Doctor of Market Street

Released 1942
Distributor Universal

One of the lesser lights in the Screen Gems Shock TV package that helped initiate the Monster Kid boom in the late 50s. These lurid, cheap but slickly produced double feature items, usually running between 60 and 75 minutes, were ideal for programming in 90 minute time slots with commercials. At least this one has the redoubtable Lionel Atwill, always a top contender for the title of Hollywood’s Maddest Doctor, in fine villainous form.

About Joe Dante

Joe Dante is a lifelong film buff who turned his obsession into a career. He got his start cutting trailers for Roger Corman and later directed the hit movie Gremlins, as well as Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Innerspace and Small Soldiers for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The Howling, Piranha, Matinee, The ‘burbs , Looney Tunes Back in Action, The Hole (first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival) and the zom-com Burying the Ex. His TV directing work includes: Police Squad, Amazing Stories, the HBO film The Second Civil War, the Masters of Horror titles Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, and episodes of Eerie, Indiana, CSI: NY, Hawaii 5-0, Witches of East End, Legends of Tomorrow and Salem. His latest big screen credit is an episode of the upcoming Nightmare Cinema.