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The Monster Walks -- People in an old dark house on a stormy night are menaced by a killer ape.

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Writers:
Robert Ellis (story)
Robert Ellis (adaptation)
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Release Date:
10 February 1932 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
People in an old dark house on a stormy night are menaced by a killer ape. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Creaky with age but still fun! See more (37 total) »

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Directed by
Frank R. Strayer  (as Frank Strayer)
 
Writing credits
Robert Ellis (story)

Robert Ellis (adaptation)

Produced by
Cliff P. Broughton .... producer (uncredited)
Ralph M. Like .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Jules Cronjager 
 
Film Editing by
Byron Robinson 
 
Art Direction by
Ben Doré (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Ralph Black (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Cliff P. Broughton .... production supervisor (as Cliff Broughton)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wilfred Black .... assistant director (as Wilfred E. Black)
 
Sound Department
George F. Hutchins .... sound recording engineer
 
Music Department
Charles Dunworth .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Lee Zahler .... musical director (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ralph M. Like .... presenter
 
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Runtime:
63 min | USA:57 min
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Certification:
Canada:PG (Ontario) | UK:H | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Trivia:
The film was originally refused a UK cinema certificate in 1932, and released uncut and PG rated in 2010.See more »
Quotes:
[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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20 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Creaky with age but still fun!, 26 July 2004
Author: reptilicus from Vancouver, Canada

It is surprising how many "old dark house" movies there were back in the early days of talking pictures. It seems like every independent, Poverty Row studio made their fair share. Some are actually quite good even after all these years. I am about to talk about one of them. Stop me if you've heard this one before: a rich, reclusive, eccentric man passes away and his relatives gather for the reading of the will. What? You've heard this one already? Stick with me, it gets good. The dead mans brother (Sheldon Lewis, the Clutching Hand himself in a surprisingly subdued performance) is confined to a wheelchair and the servants (Martha Mattox, best remembered from THE CAT AND THE CANARY, 1927 and Mischa Auer later to costar in CONDEMNED TO LIVE, 1935) are the creepiest characters you ever saw. The family attorney (Sidney Bracy) is acting mighty suspicious too. Along comes the dead man's daughter (Vera Reynolds) who seems to be the only likable member of the family. With her comes her fiancee (Rex Lease, taking a break from westerns) and his chauffeur (Sleep n' Eat who later went back to his real name, Willie Best). Also in the house is Yogi, a large chimp whom the doctor used for experiments. Everyone in the house gets a chance to say "His death was so sudden!" so right away we are ready for foul play to be mentioned. Like all houses in this genre there are lots of secret passageways but at least this time the killer does not skulk around in a cloak and black hood. It looks like the killer is Yogi the chimp. Ah, but things are not always what they seem to be! Before the 65 minute running time is over we learn about secret love affairs, children, murder plots, bribery and madness. Sadly the weakest point in the movie is the heroine herself. It hardly takes more than a clap of thunder or a shadow to start her screaming "Take me away from here!" to her fiancee. Willie Best steals many scenes with his on-the-money delivery of many great lines. When informed that his room is in the basement near Yogi's cage he responds "Well get me an umbrella and I'll sleep on the roof." Once we know there is a killer loose in the house Willie is asked if he left his gun in the glovebox of the car and he replies "No sir, it's right here!" and pulls it from his pocket. Mischa Auer is quite effective as a menacing presence but he later abandoned drama and became quite a successful comedian. Sheldon Lewis gets much more to do in this movie than he does in THE PHANTOM (1931) where he does a retread of his old Clutching Hand character. Okay so the movie is old and the plot is nothing we have not seen before; this is still a fun movie and worth catching if you are studying early talkies or if you just want something to enjoy.

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