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Director:
Writers:
William Bruckner (screenplay) and
Robert F. Metzler (screenplay)
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Release Date:
19 October 1942 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
His animal instinct cannot be tamed! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Strangely watchable and engaging See more (25 total) »

Cast

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J. Carrol Naish ... Noel
Shepperd Strudwick ... Dr. Larry Forbes (as John Shepperd)
Lynne Roberts ... Madelon Renault
George Zucco ... Dr. Robert Renault
Bert Roach ... Hotel Proprietor
Eugene Borden ... Coroner
Jack Norton ... Mr. Austin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ed Agresti ... Mr. La Rue (uncredited)
Carmen Beretta ... Mrs. La Rue (uncredited)
Alex Chivra ... Townsman at Dance (uncredited)
Ann Codee ... Passerby at Marcel's Shop (uncredited)
Ray Corrigan ... Ape (uncredited)
George Davis ... Strong Man Contest Proprietor (uncredited)
Jean Del Val ... Henri (uncredited)
Joseph DeVillard ... Townsman at Dance (uncredited)
James Khan ... Gendarme (uncredited)
Charles La Torre ... Marcel Perron (uncredited)

Mike Mazurki ... Rogell (uncredited)
Louis Mercier ... Bus Driver (uncredited)
Arthur Shields ... Inspector Duval (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Jacques (uncredited)
Max Willenz ... Louis (uncredited)
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Directed by
Harry Lachman 
 
Writing credits
William Bruckner (screenplay) and
Robert F. Metzler (screenplay)

Gaston Leroux  novel "Balaoo" (uncredited)

Produced by
Sol M. Wurtzel .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Emil Newman 
David Raksin 
 
Cinematography by
Virgil Miller (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Fred Allen 
 
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
Nathan Juran 
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Paul S. Fox (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Eugene Grossman .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
 
Stunts
Ray Corrigan .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Herschel McCoy .... wardrobe supervisor (as Herschel)
 
Music Department
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Emil Newman .... musical director (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
58 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Inspired by Gaston Leroux's novel "Balaoo".See more »
Quotes:
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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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Strangely watchable and engaging, 6 December 2001
Author: DrSatan from The Land of Mortis

I don't know if it was the spectacle (for me anyways) of seeing J. Carroll Naish in something that wasn't "Frankenstein vs. Dracula" (my all-time favorite so-bad-its-good film), Naish's decent "pitiable villain" or the rather flimsy "Island of Dr. Moreau" reworking, but somehow this movie really held my intention. It's mercifully short (any longer would've been far too much), and fairly typical of horror films of its day. Definitely takes a page out of Wells' book, although the action this time has been relocated to France. There are definite signs of its era and its budget-very set bound, french accents that come and go, random Euro-sounding accents instead of french accents, the "monster" that redeems himself in the end, the odd (and racist, if we want to get all PC, which I don't usually bother for a film of this era that isn't being deliberate about it's racism) notion that a man from Java and an ape made to look like a man would be indistinguishable. Leaving all of these criticisms aside, if you're a fan of horror films, whose interested in the history of the genre and not just in the latestest "Scream" knock-off or still hoping they'll come out with a tenth Friday the 13th or a similar sequel machine, I say check it out. If you're into B-pictures of the era, check it out. It shows the general qualtity of studio horror films of the era, and its got a little something extra I can't put my finger on.

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