Black Sleep, The (1956): Reginald LeBorg’s Horror Film

TCM showed the movie on October 9, 2020.

The Black Sleep is a horror film directed by Reginald LeBorg, and written by John C. Higgins from a story by Gerald Drayson Adams.

It stars Basil Rathbone, Lon Chaney Jr., John Carradine, Bela Lugosi, and Akim Tamiroff.

The film was produced by Aubrey Schenck and Howard W. Koch, as part of a four-picture finance-for-distribution arrangement with United Artists.

The film was released as a double feature with the 1955 British film The Creeping Unknown.

The Black Sleep was re-released in 1962 under the title Dr. Cadman’s Secret.

Cast
Basil Rathbone as Sir Joel Cadman
Akim Tamiroff as Udu the Gypsy
Herbert Rudley as Dr. Gordon Ramsay
Patricia Blake as Laurie Munroe
Phyllis Stanley as Daphnae
Lon Chaney Jr. as Dr. Munroe aka Mungo
John Carradine as “Bohemund”
Bela Lugosi as Casimir
Tor Johnson as Mr. Curry
George Sawaya as Sailor Subject
Sally Yarnell as Female Subject
Peter Gordon as Det. Sgt. Steele