Mad scientist turns a man into an electrically-controlled monster to do his bidding.

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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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THE TOUCH OF DEATH! (original poster-all caps) See more »


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28 March 1941 (USA)  »

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Budgeted at a mere $86,000 on a 3-week shooting schedule. It was the cheapest feature film produced by Universal in 1941. See more »

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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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Overlooked Universal sci-fi film that features one of Chaney's finest performances
27 October 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

Lon Chaney Jr. was often stuck in lousy if entertaining b-films, due to various reasons (typecasting, difficulty to work with due to his chronic alcoholism), but occasionally the man proved himself to be an extremely good actor. I'm always surprised to see him give a literally good performance, but he comes through every now and than, creating horror protagonists the viewers can feel sympathy for. He did it in "The Wolf-Man", "Spider Baby", and he does it in "Man Made Monster", an unfortunately overlooked second tier Universal monster flick.

"Man Made Monster" is very good for several reasons. As mentioned above, Chaney turns in one of his finest performances. Lionel Atwill is superb also, but hes always fantastic. Here he plays a villain thats never remotely over-the-top yet always purely evil. Also, the screenplay is well written, with likable characters you can always feel sympathy for. The direction by George Waggner keeps everything moving at a very quick pace, even though the actual monster doesn't turn up until over half way through. The short running length of an hour helps out as well, and the material manages to be satisfyingly developed despite the brevity. The only negative aspect is the dated romantic subplot involving a newspaper reporter and the daughter of one of the scientists, but those were often expected in this kind of film. "Man Made Monster" is a nice little gem that satisfies the target audience. (7/10)


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