The Crime of Doctor Crespi by John H. Auer (1935, 63 min., 35mm). Hungarian émigré John H. Auer summoned Erich von Stroheim to New York for The Crime of Doctor Crespi, a ragtag riff on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Premature Burial,” filmed on a shoestring in the Bronx. A ruthless, mad doctor removes his romantic rival with brutal determination by burying him alive. Von Stroheim indulged his audience persona as “The Man You Love to Hate” through his portrayal of the megalomaniacal surgeon Doctor Crespi. Description written by Scott MacQueen, UCLA Film & Television Archive.
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