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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.
The Mad Monster -- Dr. Cameron (George Zucco) has succeeded in his expierments 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.

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Fred Myton (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 May 1942 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The blood of a wolf he placed in the veins of a man... and created a monster such as the world has never known!
Plot:
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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"I don't know what's come over me, I must have a touch of swamp fever." See more (38 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

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)
 
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77 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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 »
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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...See more »
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Featured in Tomb of the Werewolf (2004) (V)See more »

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
"I don't know what's come over me, I must have a touch of swamp fever.", 18 July 2005
Author: classicsoncall from United States

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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