Basil Rathbone is a fine actor, but it isn't easy imagining him in any other role than his greatest, Sherlock Holmes. In THE BLACK SLEEP he is flanked by a veritable "who's who" of horror films. Carradine, Tamiroff, Lugosi, and Chaney lurk in and out of this gloomy and horrific tale of a
mad medical man who invents a drug that produces a deathlike trance without killing victims. Using this concoction, he performs brain surgery on several people (whether they need it or not). His wife is in a coma and he is about to operate on her, but he needs an assistant, so he frames Rudley for
murder, then rescues him from the gallows with the drug. Rudley (who later went on to...