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Night Monster (1942)

Approved  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  20 October 1942 (USA)
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Kurt Ingston, a rich recluse, invites the doctors who left him a hopeless cripple to his desolate mansion in the swamps as one by one they meet horrible deaths.

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Dr. King
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Laurie (as Leif Erikson)
Irene Hervey ...
Dr. Lynn Harper
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Kurt Ingston
Don Porter ...
Dick Baldwin
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Agor Singh
Fay Helm ...
Margaret Ingston
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Dr. Timmons
Doris Lloyd ...
Sarah Judd
Francis Pierlot ...
Dr. Phipps
Robert Homans ...
Constable Cap Beggs
Janet Shaw ...
Milly Carson
Eddy Waller ...
Jed Harmon
Cyril Delevanti ...
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Dr. Lynn Harper, psychologist, has been called out to the old Ingston Mansion, a dark and mysterious place with a very bad reputation, in order to make an assessment of the sanity of Margaret Ingston, daughter of patriarch Kurt Ingston. She claims to be sane, but she is clearly very disturbed; we can't be certain, although the doctor gives her a clean bill of health. But then Dick Baldwin shows up on the scene, just when Dr. Lynne has been receiving thinly veiled threats from the inhabitants of the house. He's our hero. Three medical doctors have been invited out to the mansion as well, Dr. Timmons, Dr. Phipps and the sleazy Dr. King (Lionel Atwill). One by one the doctors are mysteriously murdered. Dick Baldwin must figure out who is doing the killings, and he must do so before whoever it is can kill his new love interest, Dr. Lynne Harper. But the only one he can trust is Kurt Ingston himself, since Ingston has no legs and can't have perpetrated these murders. Is it sinister Rolf, ... Written by Jim Knoppow

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Alfred Hitchcock attended a screening of this film, as he wanted to cast Janet Shaw in his Universal production, "Shadow of a Doubt, " thoroughly enjoyed it, and was amazed at how quickly it was shot, from July 5-18, 1942, to be released October 23, on a double bill with "The Mummy's Tomb. " See more »

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Dick's pipe when he and Dr Harker are driving to the mansion. See more »

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Dr. Lynne Harper: My study of the mind has convinced me how little we know of its powers.
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24 May 1999 | by (S. Bound Brook, NJ) – See all my reviews

This film (& "Dr. X") are my fav 2 films of ALL time! It's a marvellously spooky film! Three doctors are invited to the home of their patient, Kurt Ingston, and are mysteriously killed, one-by-one. Everyone suspects Mr. Ingston, but he is an amputee.

An excellent cast, creepy atmosphere, great plot & special effects make this a MUST SEE! Also has a fog-covered mansion & numerous secret panels. A grotesque figure lurches thru the fog, on it's way to kill, and the frogs stop croaking as it passes thru......

The bloopers: Dick's pipe on the drive to the manor, someone coughing in the "empty" library when the hero & heroine are supposed to be ALONE, and Nils Asther stumbling on something as he delivers his final speech at the end of the film.

MUST, MUST SEE!


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