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Trailers from Hell: Joe Dante on Joseph H. Lewis' 'The Mad Doctor of Market Street'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood July 8, 2013 at 12:15PM

Shock Theater with Joe Dante kicks off this week over at the recently revamped Trailers from Hell, with director and TFH creator Dante introducing 1942's "The Mad Doctor of Market Street," helmed by noir maestro Joseph H. Lewis ("Gun Crazy").
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"The Mad Doctor of Market Street"
"The Mad Doctor of Market Street"

Shock Theater with Joe Dante kicks off this week over at the recently revamped Trailers from Hell, with director and TFH creator Dante introducing 1942's "The Mad Doctor of Market Street," helmed by noir maestro Joseph H. Lewis ("Gun Crazy").

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.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.