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The Ape (1940)

Approved  |   |  Horror  |  30 September 1940 (USA)
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Dr. Bernard Adrian is a kindly mad scientist who seeks to cure a young woman's polio. He needs spinal fluid from a human to complete the formula for his experimental serum. Meanwhile, a ... See full summary »

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Maris Wrixon ...
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Danny Foster
Dorothy Vaughan ...
Mother Clifford
Gertrude Hoffman ...
Jane - Adrian's Housekeeper (as Gertrude W. Hoffman)
Henry Hall ...
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Dr. Bernard Adrian is a kindly mad scientist who seeks to cure a young woman's polio. He needs spinal fluid from a human to complete the formula for his experimental serum. Meanwhile, a vicious circus ape has broken out of its cage, and is terrorizing towns people. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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He keeps human life in test tubes, and prowls at night in the skin of an ape! See more »

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Filming began July 29, 1940, the final feature in Boris Karloff's six-picture contract with Monogram, returning only once, in 1958 for Frankenstein 1970 (1958). See more »

Goofs

When the doctor is showing off his 'cured' guinea pigs, one of the poor critters falls off the table, at the end of the shot. See more »

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Danny Foster: I don't like things I can't understand.
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Referenced in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: The Screaming Skull (2010) See more »

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Auld Lang Syne
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Played on a bugle by a relaxing circus worker
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KARLOFF TRIES TO FIND A CURE FOR POLIO!
1 May 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Monogram pictures produced rather low budget films and cut costs in every way imaginable. Karloff made this entire film possible with his great acting as Dr. Adrian, dedicating his career to finding a cure for the dread disease Polio. He ties to help the only person in town who believes he can cure her from paralyzis. Karloff soon learns that he needs spinal fluid from a human being, he tries to blame the Ape for his horrors. This "APE Film" finished Karloff's contract with Monogram and he returned after eighteen(18)years when Monogram became Allied Artists in 1953 where he made "Frankenstein 1970".


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