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The Monster Walks (1932)

Passed  -  Horror | Thriller  -  10 February 1932 (USA)
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People in an old dark house on a stormy night are menaced by a killer ape.

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A doctor, who keeps an ape for medical studies, dies and his daughter inherits his estate. Her uncle, a paralytic, working through his natural son by the housekeeper, plans her death, and the ape may or may not be involved. However, the plan does have a problem or two in its execution. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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10 February 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El monstruo asesino  »

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The film was originally refused a UK cinema certificate in 1932, and released uncut and PG rated in 2010. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Ted Clayton: Wealth to youth is golden, but to age it is a milestone.
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Featured in Kingdom of Shadows (1998) See more »

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Lullaby
Written by Johannes Brahms
Played on the violin as part of the plot
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Not a lot of action in this haunted house
14 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The owner dies and leaves his fortune to his daughter (Vera Reynolds), but the brother (Sheldon Lewis) wants it for himself and the son (Oscar nominee Mischa Auer) he is hiding. He plans to have the son eliminate everyone so he can grab the riches.

The plan goes awry when the son kills his mother (Martha Mattox) by mistake. He turns on his father and tries to kill the daughter.

It was a weird little film, just out of the silent era, and there was more talking than anything.

Of course, they have the stereotypical black chauffeur (Willie Best, who was listed in the credits as Sleep 'n' Eat). I kid you not! I last remember Best from High Sierra. He has a long career with numerous roles, probably many of them doing that stereotypical frightened black man.

Not very scary for a haunted house.


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