Corridors of Blood (1958)
Director: Robert Day
Year of Production: 1958
Running Time: 82m 37s
Catalogue Number: FF30 113
Release Date: December 1980
Boris Karloff, Betta St. John, Christopher Lee, Finlay Currie, Adrienne Corri, Francis De Wolfe, Francis Matthews, Frank Pettinger, Basil Dignam, Marian Spencer, Carl Bernard, John Gabriel, Nigel Green, Yvonne Warren [Yvonne Romain], Howard Lang, Julian D'Albie, Roddy Hughes, Robert Raglan, Richard Lang, Anthea Holloway, Frank Sieman, Charles Lloyd
Synopsis: [from the rear of its published sleeving]
...an appalled Dr. Bolton meets Black Ben and Resurrection Joe. These two evil men supply doctors with dead bodies for dissection. He falls into their clutches when he signs a death certificate for a murdered man. Eventually the police catch up with them and raid a tavern where Joe has fatally stabbed Dr. Bolton. Other doctors carry on Dr. Bolton's work and bring an end to the torment of the surgeon's knife.
Corridors of Blood was one of the 8 titles to appear on the Video Gems "Missing in Action" series; curiously, this re-release also ran a few seconds longer, clocking at 82m 55s. An even longer version is thought to have appeared on Criterion's recent "restorated" edition of the film, but this is yet to be confirmed.
Although originally censored upon its June 1960 submission to the BBFC, whereupon Day's film received the dreaded 'X' certificate, Corridors of Blood clocked at 86m 32s (which, taking into account PAL speed, equates to 83m 03s), leading me think that Iver's presentation was simply the original BBFC 'X'-rated version, whilst Video Gems offered up the film in its complete form.