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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Complete credited cast:
Dr. King
Laurie (as Leif Erikson)
Irene Hervey ...
Dr. Lynn Harper
Kurt Ingston
Dick Baldwin
Agor Singh
Fay Helm ...
Margaret Ingston
Dr. Timmons
Doris Lloyd ...
Sarah Judd
Francis Pierlot ...
Dr. Phipps
Robert Homans ...
Constable Cap Beggs
Janet Shaw ...
Milly Carson
Jed Harmon
Cyril Delevanti ...


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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NIGHT MONSTER with Mystery's Greatest Thrill Team: Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill. See more »






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20 October 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

House of Mystery  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »


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


Dick BaldwinAgor Singh: How is that the blood didn't dematerialize with the rest?
Agor Singh: There are certain details in the process that we are not allowed to explain to the uninitiated.
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Creepy goings on at Ingston Manor
28 February 2005 | by (Derby, England) – See all my reviews

Night Monster is one of those mystery-chillers that Universal made in the 1940's.

Doctors looking after wheelchair bound Kurt Ingston are murdered but no body seems close to finding out who the murderer is. Other murders also take place and several people get blamed for these murders including the butler and chauffeur. Kingston later discovers he can walk...

This movie has a very creepy atmosphere throughout and instead of the usual thunderstorm in this one, we get fog.

Now to the cast, which is lead by horror veteran Bela Lugosi (Dracula) as the butler and he is joined by several stars who have appeared in sci-fi/horror movies: Lionel Atwill (House of Dracula, The Ghost of Frankenstein), Leif Erickson (Invaders From Mars) and Frank Reicher (King Kong). Ingston is played well by Ralph Morgan, brother of The Wizard of Oz star Frank Morgan.

Night Monster is worth seeing if you get the chance. Very creepy.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5.

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