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Dr. Renault's Secret (1942)

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Dr. Larry Forbes visits the château of Dr. Robert Renault, uncle of his fiancée Madelon, who is idolized by Renault's assistant, a strange émigré from Java.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
J. Carrol Naish ...
Shepperd Strudwick ...
Dr. Larry Forbes (as John Shepperd)
Lynne Roberts ...
George Zucco ...
Bert Roach ...
Hotel Proprietor
Eugene Borden ...
Coroner
Jack Norton ...
Mr. Austin
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Storyline

A young man visits his fiancée in a remote French villa where her scientist father resides. There he meets Noel, Dr. Renault's mysterious assistant, who has a strange attraction to Renault's daughter. Soon he learns Noel's true identity: he is an ape that was turned into a man by Renault's bizarre experiments! Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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IT'S THRILLING! IT'S CHILLING! (original print ad-all caps) See more »


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19 October 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Homem Sem Alma  »

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Inspired by Gaston Leroux's novel "Balaoo". See more »

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Marcel Perron, the barber: [watching Noel dance and chuckling] Maybe we should give Noel some peanuts. He dances like an ape.
Louis, the barkeeper: Ape? You mean a fat little monkey!
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Version of The Wizard (1927) See more »

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Watchable if you like the genre, but not exactly ground-breaking or exciting
23 October 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

George Zucco is a scientist and to fans of the horror genre, it's not at all surprising that he's a mad scientist since he's played this in so many low-budget films. His assistant is the rather dim and violent J. Carrol Naish. It's obvious SOMETHING is wrong here, but at first it is a bit vague. Unfortunately, though, the film telegraphs its "dark secrets" and the plot seems awfully familiar, so when things do heat up, it never really gets very exciting. I'm not a genius, but I pretty much figured out the plot after watching the film for 10 minutes.

So why, then, did I watch this very bland film? Well, I like the genre and assume those who like these cheesy old horror films would also probably stick it out until the end--especially since this film is less than an hour long. However, if this isn't your style of film, there's nothing about this one that will convince you to watch another.

By the way, my wife says I'm too picky, but this was a sloppy film in several places. In one scene, a man is strangled to death but as his corpse is being thrown out a window, the "dead man" visibly moves his arms to give his attacker and easier time tossing him! A short time later, a man is killed in a barber shop where there is a shade drawn over the glass door. But, when the police break the glass to enter, the shade is up, not down!


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