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The Mad Monster -- 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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Writer:
Fred Myton (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 May 1942 (USA) See more »
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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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A mad scientist changes his simple-minded handyman into a werewolf in order to prove his supposedly crazy scientific theories - and exact revenge. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Poverty Row Werewolf Thriller! See more (35 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Johnny Downs ... Tom Gregory
George Zucco ... Dr. Lorenzo Cameron
Anne Nagel ... Lenora Cameron
Glenn Strange ... Petro
Sarah Padden ... Grandmother
Gordon De Main ... Prof. Fitzgerald (as Gordon DeMain)
Mae Busch ... Child's Mother - Susan
Reginald Barlow ... Professor Warwick
Robert Strange ... Professor Blaine
Henry Hall ... Country Doctor
Ed Cassidy ... Child's Father (as Edward Cassidy)
Eddie Holden ... Jed Harper
John Elliott ... Prof. Hatfield

Slim Whitaker ... Officer Dugan (as Charles Whitaker)
Gil Patric ... Detective Lieutenant
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Directed by
Sam Newfield 
 
Writing credits
Fred Myton (original screenplay)

Produced by
Sigmund Neufeld .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Chudnow 
 
Cinematography by
Jack Greenhalgh 
 
Film Editing by
Holbrook N. Todd 
 
Art Direction by
Fred Preble 
 
Makeup Department
Harry Ross .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Bert Sternbach .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Melville De Lay .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Hans Weeren .... sound engineer
 
Special Effects by
Eugene C. Stone .... special effects (as Gene Stone)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
77 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono | Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
USA:Approved (PCA #8264)

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Producer Sigmund Neufeld and director Sam Newfield were brothers. Sam "Anglicized" the family name and Sigmund didn't.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Dr. Lorenzo Cameron:Yes, I know. You'd like to join your brothers outside and howl at the moon. But you're serving a much better purpose. Yes, you're serving science through me.
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Poverty Row Werewolf Thriller!, 18 December 2004
Author: (bsmith5552@rogers.com) from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

"The Mad Monster" is another of the low budget little horror movies turned out by poverty row studio PRC in the early 1940s. In spite of some of the comments that I've read on this picture, I rather enjoyed it.

Basically the plot involves mad scientist Dr. Lorenzo Cameron (George Zucco) experimenting on his dim-witted assistant Petro (Glenn Strange), turning him into a werewolf. It's the old story of a scientist trying to create a super race in order to build an invincible army and you guessed it, take over the world. At the same time Cameron seeks revenge on those who had publicly humiliated him when he first presented his ideas, by turning his mad monster upon them.

Director Sam Newfield gives us an entertaining little movie. In spite of its limited budget, it provides a creepy mist filled atmosphere, as the monster stalks its victims. It also aided by the casting of Zucco and Strange as the two principal characters.

Strange plays Petro not unlike "Lenny" as played by Lon Chaney Jr. in "Of Mice and Men" (1939). He also does a creditable job as the werewolf of the piece, again not unlike Chaney in the Universal series. Zucco was PRC's resident horror actor, a sort of a poor man's Karloff, and was always excellent in these roles. Strange usually played the Chaney like parts for PRC.

The standard hero Tom Gregory (Johnny Downs) and heroine Lenora Cameron (Anna Nagle) round out the cast.

If you are a fan of the old B & W "B" horror flicks of the 40s, then I'm sure you'll like this one.

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