The Monster and the Girl (1941)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Horror  |  28 February 1941 (USA)
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After a young woman is coerced into prostitution and her brother framed for murder by an organized crime syndicate, retribution in the form of an ape visits the mobsters.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Paige ...
W. S. Bruhl
Onslow Stevens ...
J. Stanley McMasters
George Zucco ...
Dr. Parry
Rod Cameron ...
Sam Daniels
Phillip Terry ...
Scot Webster
Tom Dugan ...
Captain Alton
Willard Robertson ...
Lieutenant Strickland
Minor Watson ...
Judge Pulver
George Meader ...
Dr. Knight
Leon Beecher 'Tips' Stokes


Scot Webster tries to save his sister Susan from the clutches of gangster W.S. Bruhl. When Scot comes to Bruhl's rented room, one of the gangster's henchmen collapses into his hands, killed by a gunman. The murderer tosses his gun to Scot and disappears. Since all the evidence points at him, Scot is arrested, tried and sentenced to death. A mad scientist uses his brain to transplant it into a gorilla. After the operation Scot wakes up in the body of a gorilla, eager to get his revenge... Written by Mattias Thuresson

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IT'S A SPINE-TINGLING SENSATION! A monster on the loose...and a whole city in terror! (original ad) See more »


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28 February 1941 (USA)  »

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D.O.A.  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Working title: "D.O.A." See more »


When the dog comes out into the alley and looks up at the ape/monster the camera pans up the side of the apartment building. However, mid-pan the scene apparently jumps to another shot/location as there is a break in the pan. See more »


Scot Webster: [Screaming to Dr. Perry] You want my brain after I'm dead?
[He laughs hysterically]
Scot Webster: Help yourself, mister! Help yourself!
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An incredible film!

This Paramount film has the kind of outlandish plot often found in minor studio cheapies of the same period: Phillip Terry's sister (Ellen Drew) foolishly falls for a gangster and ends up sold into "white slavery." Her brother tries to rescue her but ends up getting framed for murder by the mobsters. Convicted and sent to die in the electric chair, his body ends up stolen by mad scientist George Zucco, who puts his brain in the body of a gorilla. The gorilla now with Phillip Terrys brain, escapes and proceeds to kill off the mobsters one by one. Along the way his dog instinctively knows the gorilla is his (hers?) old master and tags along on his murderous rampage of vengeance. If one view this film ignoring the outlandish plot, this actually a very well made film with good Paramount production values, good stylish direction by Stuart Heisler, good atmospheric photography, and good performances by most of the films cast. Charlie Gemora's gorilla costume is more realistic looking than the cheesy moth eaten suits worn by George Barrows or Ray Corrigan in minor studio pictures. Also Gemora manages express real feelings and emotions underneath that gorilla suit. Also Gemora's gorilla actually walks and gestures like a real gorilla. THE MONSTER AND THE GIRL is an incredible film and is recommend if you are looking for something really outlandish but not trashy.

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