Man Made Monster (1941)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  28 March 1941 (USA)
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Mad scientist turns a man into an electrically-controlled monster to do his bidding.



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Complete credited cast:
Anne Nagel ...
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Dr. John Lawrence
William B. Davidson ...
District Attorney Ralph B. Stanley (as William Davidson)
Ben Taggart ...
Detective Sergeant Regan
Constance Bergen ...
Nurse (as Connie Bergen)
Ivan Miller ...
Chester Gan ...
Chinese Boy, Wong
George Meader ...
Dr. Bruno
Frank O'Connor ...
Medical Examiner
Byron Foulger ...
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"Big Dan" McCormick is the sole survivor of a bus crash into hydro lines. 5 others were electrocuted. Intrigued by Dan's apparent immunity to electricity, Dr. John Lawrence, distinguished elector-biologist, asks Dan to visit him at his laboratory, where Lawrence's assistant, Dr. Paul Rigas, is secretly conducting experiments to prove his theory that human life can be motivated and controlled by electricity. Rigas persuades Dan to submit to tests, where Dan absorbs increasingly powerful charges until he develops an amazing degree of immunity, and becomes a walking hulk of electricity. Rigas does a final test of pouring a tremendous charge into Dan's body, and Dan becomes superhuman and his body glows. He is also a robot that is controlled by Rigas. When Lawrence tries to stop the experiment, Rigas orders Dan to kill him. Rigas removes the electricity from Dan's body and he becomes a shrunken shell. Despite the efforts of June Meredith, Lawrence's niece, and newspaper reporter Mark ... Written by Les Adams <>

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28 March 1941 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Two of the film's stars - Frank Albertson and Samuel Hinds appeared together in "It's a Wonderful Life." as Sam Wainwright and Pa Bailey. See more »


June Lawrence: [referring to Dr. Rivas] He's a genius in his line.
Mark Adams: Maybe, but I'll bet he spent his childhood stickin' pins into butterflies.
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Very Good Second Tier Universal Horror
28 November 2004 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

This is the story of Dynamo Dan, a sideshow worker who does a faked electrical act. Perhaps because of this he's the only survivor when a bus he's on slams into a high tension tower and all the passengers are killed by the electricity. Dan ends up working with Lionel Atwill a mad scientist trying to make electrified super humans.

Yes, its as corny as it sounds but then so are the Frankenstein films. Corny or no the film is a great way to spend an hour of your time on a rainy night.When most people think of the Universal horror films in the 1930's and 40's they tend to think of the Frankenstein/Dracula/Wolfman movies forgetting or unaware that Universal turned out a a number of very good second tier horror films at the same time. This is one of them.

Warning: do not confuse this with The Indestructible Man which has a similar plot line but which is not particularly well made.

8 out of 10 on a rainy night with the lights off and your best honey by your side.

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