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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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Complete credited cast:
Rex Lease ...
Vera Reynolds ...
Sheldon Lewis ...
Martha Mattox ...
Sidney Bracey ...
Herbert Wilkes (as Sidney Bracy)
Willie Best ...
Exodus (as Sleep n' Eat)


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 <>

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10 February 1932 (USA)  »

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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 »


[upon being informed that he'll sleep in the basement next to the ape's cage]
Exodus: Get me an umbrella and I'll sleep on the roof!
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Featured in Kingdom of Shadows (1998) See more »


Written by Johannes Brahms
Played on the violin as part of the plot
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A horror film that doesn't scare but will have you roaring with laughter at its ineptness.
5 April 1999 | by (Pine Grove, California) – See all my reviews

Treating this horror film as anything but camp and you will agree it's one of the worst films ever made. The acting is wooden, the writing amateurish (with leading lady, Vera Reynolds, saying to her fiancé, Rex Lease, "Oh Ted, take me away" at least five times, whenever something disturbing happens), and the production values poor. As a horror film by today's standards it's totally laughable, but in 1932 it was intended to scare audiences. You see a wall picture move, revealing a hole (gasp! someone is watching). You see a furry arm come through the headboard and threaten an unsuspecting sleeper. And there's a caged ape in the basement that may or may not know how to get out of his cage. (He's called an ape but is obviously a chimpanzee.) Willie Best, annoying billed as "Sleep N' Eat," provides the intended comedy relief and is as good as usual, but don't expect too much from anyone else. See it with a group and you'll all have some fun.

Forgetful Filmmakers Dept.: Lawyer Sidney Bracy is billed onscreen as "Herbert Wilkes." But in the will he reads, he is referred to as "William Wilkes."

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