1932: Murdered Alive

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Murdered Alive 

According to the play’s publicity material, Bela Lugosi was commissioned to sculpt a bust of himself for use in Murdered Alive.

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Variety, February 9, 1932

Murdered Alive, Variety, February 9, 1932*

April 2-16

Carthay Circle Theater, Los Angeles, California

The Arcadia Tribune, March 25, 1932

CATHAY CIRCLE

April 2 will see the production of “Murdered Alive,” which is billed as a thriller. Bela Lugosi of “Dracula” fame will head the cast, among other players being Betty Ross Clarke, Rodney McLennan, Pat Flannagan and Eily Malyon.

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Los Angeles Times, April 1, 1932

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Los Angeles Herald and Express, April 1, 1932

ACE O’ HORRORS

“Murdered Alive,” opening tomorrow night at the Carthay Circle, has for its leading character Bela Lugosi, the human refrigerator.

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Los Angeles Herald and Express, April 2, 1932

COOLS CUTICLE

Cuticle will freeze and goose flesh flourish at the Carthay Circle tonight, where Bela Lugosi is being starred in “Murdered Alive.”

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Variety, April 5, 1932

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The Arcadia Tribune, April 8, 1932

CATHAY CIRCLE

 Those who enjoy blood curdling dramas are flocking to the Carthay Circle to see “Murdered Alive,” in which Bela Lugosi plays the leading role. Lugosi is known locally as the man who played the role of Dracula so successfully, and he is providing plenty of thrills and chills at the Cathay Circle.

Betty Ross Clarke and Rodney McLennan are in the supporting cast of what is said to be the season’s outstanding Broadway thriller.

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Variety, February 12, 1932

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Los Angeles Herald and Express, April 1, 1932

“Murdered Alive,” opening tomorrow night at the Carthay Circle, has for its leading character Bela Lugosi, the human refrigerator.

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Unknown newspaper

Bela Lugosi did a laugh-clown-laugh stunt at the Carthay Circle theater the other night. He tripped back stage, fell and broke three ribs, but went on with his performance of “Murdered Alive.” He probably felt just that way.

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Bela Lugosi as Dr. Orloff and Everette Brown as Fangh

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Rochester Evening Journal, April 19, 1932

Hollyewood Snapshots

Rod Le Rocque and Douglas Fairbanks Jr,. with groups of friends (all men) attending the current thriller “Murdered Alive.”

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Variety, April 19, 1932

Murdered Alive, Variety April 19, 1932

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April 22 – 28

Orpheum Theater, San Francisco, California

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April 30 – May 5

Orpheum Theater, Los Angeles, California

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