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Director:
Writers:
Edgar Allan Poe (story)
Robert Florey (adaptation)
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Release Date:
21 February 1932 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Innocent Beauty - this was her wedding eve. On the wall a shadow . . the beast was at large grinning horribly-cruelly. What was Her Fate ? See more »
Plot:
A mad scientist seeks to mingle human blood with that of an ape, and resorts to kidnapping women for his experiments. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win See more »
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A U.S. look at French horror through a German lens See more (58 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Sidney Fox ... Mlle. Camille L'Espanaye

Bela Lugosi ... Dr. Mirakle

Leon Ames ... Pierre Dupin (as Leon Waycoff)
Bert Roach ... Paul

Betty Ross Clarke ... Mme. L'Espanaye
Brandon Hurst ... Prefect of Police
D'Arcy Corrigan ... Morgue Keeper
Noble Johnson ... Janos The Black One

Arlene Francis ... Woman of the Streets
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ted Billings ... Sideshow Spectator (uncredited)
Herman Bing ... Franz Odenheimer (uncredited)
Agostino Borgato ... Alberto Montani (uncredited)

Iron Eyes Cody ... Indian at Sideshow (uncredited)
Christian J. Frank ... Gendarme Using Snuff (uncredited)
Charles Gemora ... Erik, the Gorilla (uncredited)
Harrison Greene ... Sideshow Barker (uncredited)
Charlotte Henry ... Blonde Girl in Sideshow Audience (uncredited)
Harry Holman ... Victor Albert Adolph Jules Hugo Louis Dupont, the Landlord (uncredited)
Edna Marion ... Mignette (uncredited)
Torben Meyer ... The Dane (uncredited)
Charles Millsfield ... Bearded Man at Sideshow (uncredited)
Monte Montague ... Workman / Gendarme (uncredited)
John T. Murray ... Gendarme (uncredited)
Tempe Pigott ... Crone (uncredited)
Dorothy Vernon ... Tenant (uncredited)
Michael Visaroff ... Mirakle's Sideshow Barker (uncredited)
Polly Ann Young ... Girl (uncredited)
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Directed by
Robert Florey 
 
Writing credits
Edgar Allan Poe (story)

Robert Florey (adaptation)

Tom Reed (screenplay) &
Dale Van Every (screenplay)

John Huston (additional dialogue)

Ethel M. Kelly  uncredited

Produced by
E.M. Asher .... associate producer
Carl Laemmle Jr. .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Karl Freund 
 
Film Editing by
Milton Carruth 
 
Art Direction by
Charles D. Hall 
 
Makeup Department
Jack P. Pierce .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott R. Beal .... assistant director (uncredited)
Charles S. Gould .... assistant director (uncredited)
Joseph A. McDonough .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Herman Rosse .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
C. Roy Hunter .... recording supervisor
 
Special Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special effects
 
Stunts
Joe Bonomo .... stunt double: Charles Gemora
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank D. Williams .... special process photographer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Maurice Pivar .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
Heinz Roemheld .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Carl Laemmle .... presenter
Carl Laemmle .... president: Universal Pictures Corp.
Richard Schayer .... scenario editor
Howard Salemson .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
61 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)
Certification:
Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1932) (heavily cut) | USA:Unrated

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Trivia:
Among the caricatures drawn on the walls of Dupin's apartment is the likeness of Edgar Allan Poe, who wrote the story the film is based on.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In many scenes, the close-up of a chimpanzee is used for the gorilla.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Mirakle:[Responding to an audience member who has accused him of heresy] Heresy? Do they still burn men for heresy? Then burn me monsieur, light the fire! Do you think your little candle will outshine the flame of truth?See more »
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A U.S. look at French horror through a German lens, 27 May 2001

Much creepier than any mad scientist and his monkey movie has a right to be. Much of the credit must go to cinematographer Karl Freund (The Last Laugh, Metropolis) who gives the movie the feel of a German horror film. Charles D. Hall's distorted sets also help make this often resemble a sound remake of "The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari." The script has a very European flavor as well with lines that sometimes sound as if they were translated from another language. The ape is more convincing than all those later films because of quick cutting between an actual ape's snarling face and a man in a suit, the latter shown not enough to destroy the illusion. At one point stop motion is used to show the ape carrying a woman across the top of buildings a year before "King Kong!" There are three failings, however. Near the end is a long attempt at humor concerning French bureaucracy that hurts the build-up of tension. The other two failings come from the lab. They lay over one sequence a fog effect with the fog blowing at hurricane strength despite no apparent wind anywhere else in the shot. And at the end is a very obvious matte shot with lots of squiggly lines around the characters.

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