The Climax Author:Florence Jay Lewis, story by Curt Siodmak and Lynn Starling A novelization of the Universal Pictures screen-play of the same name, starring Susanna Foster, Boris Karloff, and Turhan Bey. — In this exciting mysery, the story of a great love and a great hate is unfolded. It recounts, by turns now pitiable, now vindictive, but always intensely dramatic and effective, how a brilliant young doctor, madly in l... more »ove with a famous opera singer to whom a career is greater than marriage and domesticity, finally avenges himself by destroying her, body and soul. Years later, when another woman appears, whose wonderful voice reminds him of what he had once loved and then destroyed, this great scientist, cursed by those dangerous repressions and longings which in the course of time had made an abnormal personality of him, shows how a passionate love can become transformed by jealousy into a sinister hate. Obsessed by this hate, he is ready to annihilate youth, genius, beauty, and adolescent faith. The man, now a figure out of hell, a hell he had made for himself, was responsible for a great tragedy. His bitter loneliness added to his personal pride, and possessed of great craft and cleverness, almost precipitated still another tragedy--a tragedy for two young and innocent people whose love for one another was inspired by courage, good sense, honest faith, and self-sacrifice. Almost another tragedy, but not quite.
The whole is told against the romantic background of the artistic world of the opera.« less