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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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19 October 1942 (USA)  »

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

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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 »

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Noel: [to Renault] You chain me, hurt me. Make me like man.
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Remake of Balaoo (1913) See more »

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Dr. Renault's Secret (1942) ***
22 February 2009 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

For a long time this was an overlooked little 'B' picture, but thankfully it's been given new life on the recent FOX HORROR CLASSICS VOL. 2 DVD set. George Zucco is on hand as another mad doctor who experimented on a gorilla, gave him plastic surgery, and then tried to make him into a human. J. Carrol Naish is very good in the part of this man/ape character, and he manages to make him sympathetic and fierce at the same time. This is a brisk and tight film which manages to rise above its 'B' trappings, and the moody shadow photography and capable direction add a lot. Very reminiscent of ISLAND OF LOST SOULS ("The Island of Dr. Moreau"). *** out of ****


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