The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2

The Crime of Doctor Crespi. 1935. USA. Directed by John H. Auer. Screenplay by Auer, Lou Goldberg, Edwin Olmstead. With Erich von Stroheim, Harriet Russell, Dwight Frye. 63 min.

With Erich von Stroheim, Harriet Russell, Dwight Frye. This East Coast independent production, loosely based on Poe’s Premature Burial, stars a blatantly disengaged von Stroheim as a mad scientist who uses a Long Island sanitarium as a front for his experiments.

35mm restored print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.