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The Monster (1925)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Mystery  |  16 March 1925 (USA)
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A meek clerk who doubles as an amateur detective investigates some very strange goings-on at a remote mental sanitarium.

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Hallam Cooley ...
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Charles Sellon ...
The Constable (as Charles A. Sellon)
Walter James ...
Knute Erickson ...
Frank Austin ...
Rigo (as George Austin)
Edward McWade ...
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A general store clerk and aspiring detective investigates a mysterious disappearance that took place quite close to an empty insane asylum... Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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Dr. Palmers unheimliches Haus  »

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The original play opened in New York on 9 August 1922 and had 101 performances. Walter James originated his movie role as Calaban in the play. In the 1933 revival, DeWolf Hopper Sr. played Dr. Ziska. See more »

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When Johnnie flies out of the door, into the rainstorm again, you can see the wire that holds him, right when he is crushing into Rigo. See more »

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Doctor Edwards: Ziska, who was once a famous surgeon, controls the others...
Doctor Edwards: Caliban imagines he's Ziska's slave - Rigo is dangerous, while Dan is quite harmless ...
Doctor Edwards: They must have built those devilish traps and devices after they imprisoned us.
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The Monster (1925) - TCM U.K. screening review
13 June 2004 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

I was rather disappointed by THE MONSTER this time around: it has little to offer apart from its very strangeness (which appears to be a trademark of director Roland West, who later made both the silent version of THE BAT [1926] and its first sound remake THE BAT WHISPERS [1930]).

The plot is very creaky: typical 'old dark house' stuff - and not especially interesting at that - which frequently borders on the ludicrous. It starts off well enough with an atmospheric sequence set in a thunderstorm, and the comic relief which occupies most of the film's expository first half (possibly inspired by Buster Keaton's SHERLOCK JR., made the previous year) is likable enough. But when the three leading characters get caught inside a desolate sanitarium, taken over by mad scientist Chaney, the film starts to drag and it never quite recovers. Chaney is flanked by three distinctive-looking assistants/former patients: one, dressed in a cape throughout most of the proceedings, is suitably creepy; another, fairly amusing, is a buffoonish character whose child-like approach to things thwarts Chaney's plans more often than abetting them; and there is also the (rather grating) standard of all such flicks, the mute strong-man who never does anything more strenuous than scowling!

Chaney himself is wasted here: the scientist, Dr. Ziska, is supposed to be working on some 'great experiment' but this is barely touched upon till the final reel - and by this time, the audience has stopped caring! Johnny Arthur, the film's unlikely hero, gets to do an incredible stunt (another nod to Keaton) and there are a few genuinely eerie scenes, like when a pair of hands reach out from under the sleeping heroine to grasp her. The film also betrays its stage origins by flat and stagy direction - the only other Roland West picture I have watched, THE BAT WHISPERS, is far more cinematically fluid and interesting (if still basically flawed).


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