Dr. Renault's Secret (1942)

Approved  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Romance  |  19 October 1942 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Shepperd Strudwick ...
Dr. Larry Forbes (as John Shepperd)
Lynne Roberts ...
George Zucco ...
Bert Roach ...
Hotel Proprietor
Eugene Borden ...
Jack Norton ...
Mr. Austin


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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19 October 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Buried Alive  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

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


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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Secret beyond those doors
31 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

Why does the story take place in France?The atmosphere of the inn where Larry enters at the beginning of the film is more that of an English pub : a customer playing darts in a French café?The same goes for the Bastille Day celebration : the dances are closer to American country and western than to French Valses Musette ;and where are the fireworks?the firecrackers?

This is minor quibble;only a French can notice such things.J.Caroll Naish 's part is not unlike Peter Lorre's tormented characters.The script is some cross between "Frankenstein" and "Beauty and the Beast" ,and is thus rather derivative.But as the movie is short (less than an hour ,probably part of a double-feature at the time) ,we are not bored at all.

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