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The Mad Monster (1942)

Approved | | Drama, Horror, Romance | 15 May 1942 (USA)
A mad scientist changes his simple-minded handyman into a werewolf in order to prove his supposedly crazy scientific theories - and exact revenge.

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Dr. Cameron has succeeded in his experiments with a serum which will turn a man into a wolf-like monster, and is ready to avenge himself on the men who caused his professional failure. He uses it on his gardener Petro and one after the other is killed by his creation. His daughter, Lenora, grows suspicious and confides with newspaper reporter Tom Gregory. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The blood of a wolf he placed in the veins of a man... and created a monster such as the world has never known!


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The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place in New York City Tuesday 17 August 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2) and in Los Angeles Monday 23 January 1950 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »

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Dr. Lorenzo Cameron: You realise, of course that this country is at war. That our armed forces are locked in combat with a savage horde that fight with fanatical fury. Well that fanatical fury will avail them of nothing when I place my new serum at the disposal of the war department. Just picture gentlemen: An army of wolf men. Fearless! Raging! Every man a snarling animal! My serum will make it possible to unloose millions of such animal men. Men who are governed by one collective thought: the animal lust to kill,...
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"I don't know what's come over me, I must have a touch of swamp fever."
18 July 2005 | by (Florida, New York) – See all my reviews

It seems to me that you'll either love or hate this offering, judging by the comments of other reviewers for the film. As a fan of the genre, I'll always give the benefit of the doubt to the plus side, I rather got a kick out of "The Mad Monster", with George Zucco as a deranged scientist, given to phantom meetings with his former colleagues who drummed him out of academia for his outlandish experiments and theories. After all, if you're looking to ingratiate yourself with the War Department, you might want to check the dictionary for a suitable replacement for an "army of wolf men".

But it's exactly this kind of weirdness that makes the film fun, especially when Dr. Lorenzo Cameron (Zucco) injects his gardener assistant Petro (Glenn Strange) with a serum of wolf blood to transform him into a revenge machine. With cunning precision, Cameron launches his creation on a scientist killing spree, taking out his detractors one by one while maintaining a self assured calm, not to mention a perfect alibi for his whereabouts each time. A half dozen years following his wolf man portrayal, Strange would take on the role of the feature creature in 1948's "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein".

What gives the movie it's most endearing charm however are the neat fog shrouded swamp scenes replete with hanging moss; for a poverty row effort I don't think I've ever seen it done better. It's the perfect touch for midnight viewings on a dark and stormy night.

Let's give some credit to the supporting cast, Anne Nagel as Lenora Cameron, the mad doctor's pretty daughter, who has a bit of a thing for newspaper reporter Tom Gregory (Johnny Downs), hot on the trail of the "beast on two legs" story. Downs is actually top billed over Zucco and Glenn Strange in this effort, though that's highly questionable. One look at Doctor Cameron, and one take of his diabolical laugh is all that's needed to know that it's George Zucco's show all the way. Just turn down the lights for maximum atmosphere, and in Petro's own words, you "ain't got no reason to be afraid".


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