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The Monster (1925)

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



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Complete credited cast:
The Constable (as Charles A. Sellon)
Walter James ...
Frank Austin ...
Rigo (as George Austin)
Edward McWade ...
Ethel Wales ...


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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A mystery thriller and a love adventure. The romance of a boy and a girl in a mansion of hidden motives. A film you'll want to see all over again. (Print ad) See more »


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Release Date:

16 March 1925 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dr. Palmers unheimliches Haus  »

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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Johnny Goodlittle, the under clerk: Doctor, shall we see you in the morning?
Dr. Ziska: Who knows if I will ever see the morning?
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Featured in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: The Monster (2015) See more »

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Enjoyable little 'mad scientist' flick with Lon Chaney
5 June 2007 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

This 1925 silent film starring Lon Chaney and Johnny Arthur and directed by Roland West ("The Bat", "The Bat Whispers") is a harmless little horror-comedy about two men and a woman who get trapped in an old dark house with a mad scientist (the always excellent Chaney) and go through a series of perilous events caused by the scientist and his never ending supply of creepy servants. The acting is good and the production values are superb. Most of the comedy is funny and the creepy parts still hold up reasonably well. All in all, "The Monster" is no classic and certainly one of Lon Chaney's less remarkable films but it's still a decent, harmless film.

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