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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Release Date:

28 March 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Atomic Monster  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Shooting began December 9, 1940, released March 19, 1941. 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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B-movie great
26 May 1999 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

A prime example of how to make a good movie on a low budget. Excellent photography, solid script, great cast (including Chaney in his first Universal horror flick), and that now very familiar but still exciting Salter-Skinner-Henderson music score. Fondly remembered little movie.

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