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Dr. Renault's Secret (1942)

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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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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Release Date:

19 October 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Buried Alive  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Inspired by Gaston Leroux's novel "Balaoo". See more »


When J. Carrol Naish lifts Mike Mazurki to throw him off the mill the wires used to hoist him up are clearly visible. See more »


Noel: [to Renault] You chain me, hurt me. Make me like man.
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13 March 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Dr. Renault's Secret (1942)

** (out of 4)

Dull horror film about Dr. Renault (George Zucco) and his little secrets including his mentally challenged assistant (J. Carrol Naish). For some reason this is a rather well known film among horror fans but I can't see why because the big "secret" is easy to see within the first five minutes and the rest of the film is slow and boring. The movie is somewhat hard to find so perhaps that's a reason for its cult following. Zucco and Naish are mildly entertaining but the film goes no where in the end and winds up wasting their talent.

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