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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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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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Fairly Decent Early Werewolf Film, A Quality Cast See more (36 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)
 
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77 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono | Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
USA:Approved (PCA #8264)

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Clocking in at 77 minutes, it ranks as the longest B-picture made on "poverty row" in the 1940's.See more »
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[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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Fairly Decent Early Werewolf Film, A Quality Cast, 5 October 2006
Author: gavin6942 from United States

While passed on by most people, I found this film to be an interesting early werewolf tale with makeup and a plot that are not altogether unpleasant. (I mean, heck, with modern werewolf tales including "Cursed", give this one some credit.) A professor (George Zucco, "Dead Men Walk") is shunned for his "Crazy" theories. He finds a way to control evolution by using interspecies blood transfusions (notably a wolf and man). This fails to get him back in everyone's good graces, however, as the wolfman does what wolfmen do -- kills people.

Zucco is a good actor, though he blends in to the background and could have been played by just about everyone else. Johnny Downs reminded me of a young Jack Nicholson, playing the quirky reporter and potential love interest of the professor's daughter Lenora. He is top-billed and should be. Anne Nagel played Lenora, who came across as a Judy Garlandesque actress, before Garland was a drug-addicted, suicidal lesbian. I felt that Nagel's character could have been stronger. They let her off as the "woman who obviously doesn't understand a man's world" when it's obvious her character is one of the few who could stop the madness.

Glenn Strange was most notable as Petro, the wolfman. He was abnormally large and of an odd body type. I assume it was a costume, but perhaps some men really are that massive. Either way, he was an excellent lumbering beast. Too bad his wolf persona was also dumb and lumbering because I bet he could have been mighty vicious.

The picture and sound quality are poor. But if someone spruced these up, the film would be quite enjoyable. I would suggest a remake, but this is one of those films whose time has passed. They simply do not make them like this anymore.

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