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W.W. Jacobs (story)
Graham John (writer)
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Release Date:
13 January 1933 (USA) See more »
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A mother wishes for the return of her dead son--a wish that is granted by the severed paw of a dead monkey. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Ivan F. Simpson ... Mr. White
Louise Carter ... Mrs. White

C. Aubrey Smith ... Sgt. Maj. Morris

Bramwell Fletcher ... Herbert White

Betty Lawford ... Rose

Winter Hall ... Mr. Hartigan
Herbert Bunston ... Sampson

Nina Quartero ... Nura
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Allen ... Commissioner (uncredited)

James Bell ... Flute Player (uncredited)

Sidney Bracey ... Pensioner (uncredited)
Leo Britt ... Lance Corporal (uncredited)

Louise Carver ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Angus Darrock ... Sergeant (uncredited)

Nigel De Brulier ... Hindu Fakir in Prologue (uncredited)
George Edwards ... Juggler (uncredited)

John George ... Hindu (uncredited)
Harold Hughes ... Sergeant (uncredited)

Gordon Jones ... Soldier (uncredited)

J.M. Kerrigan ... Cpl. O'Leary (uncredited)
Gordon Magee ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)

LeRoy Mason ... Afghan (uncredited)
Scott McKee ... Electrician (uncredited)
Lal Chand Mehra ... Hindu Lover (uncredited)
Eddie Miller ... Mule Driver (uncredited)
C. Monsoor ... Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Joey Ray ... Merchant (uncredited)
Nick Shaid ... Hindu Fakir (uncredited)

Will Stanton ... Bookmaker (uncredited)
Agnes Steele ... Barmaid (uncredited)

Harry Strang ... Sergeant (uncredited)

Directed by
Wesley Ruggles 
Ernest B. Schoedsack (uncredited)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
W.W. Jacobs  story
Graham John  writer
Louis N. Parker  play

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer
Merian C. Cooper .... producer
Original Music by
Max Steiner (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Edward Cronjager 
Jack MacKenzie 
J.O. Taylor 
Leo Tover 
Film Editing by
Charles L. Kimball 
Casting by
Fred Schuessler (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Makeup Department
J. Baker .... makeup artist
Sam Kaufman .... makeup artist
Mae Mark .... makeup artist
Special Effects by
Linwood G. Dunn .... special effects
Lloyd Knechtel .... special effects
Harry Redmond Sr. .... special effects
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph F. Biroc .... assistant camera
Jack MacKenzie .... director of photography: second unit
Music Department
Max Steiner .... musical director
Bernhard Kaun .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Max Steiner .... conductor (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
58 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Did You Know?

Often considered a lost (and much sought-after) film, a French copy is known to survive and screenshots from it have been posted on the internet.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of The Monkey's Paw (1919)See more »


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9 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
One for the imagination, 7 August 2005
Author: mail-671 from United Kingdom

W W Jacobs was a well known & popular English short story writer of the 1930s - usually sea tales with mystery and The Monkey's Paw is about his best known and oft heard if not a great favourite with amateur dramatic groups (probably because of the small cast). It is a nice little creepy tale with a universal moral - be careful what you wish for.... it could come with a price tag! I originally heard it as a radio play and couldn't wait to read the play itself. This early film version is unknown to me although a variety of adaptations have been produced on film - in one inferior updated case(I forget the title),the paw was replaced by another gimmick. IMDb lists 8 versions including a TV production and it was also included in radio's Suspense & Lights Out! series because it is favourably compared with Lucille Fletcher's radio masterpiece Sorry Wrong No! as a classic of the short story and radio adaptation when only one's imagination can do justice to the imagery & action. The original background was a typical working class English home of the '30s - the rest of the background is just referred to. For once the premise is too possible! 8 out of 10 for the story.

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