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The Ape Man (1943)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  5 March 1943 (USA)
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Conducting weird scientific experiments, crazed Dr. James Brewster, aided by his colleague Dr. Randall, has managed to transform himself into a hairy, stooped-over ape-man. Desperately ... See full summary »

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Conducting weird scientific experiments, crazed Dr. James Brewster, aided by his colleague Dr. Randall, has managed to transform himself into a hairy, stooped-over ape-man. Desperately seeking a cure, Brewster believes only an injection of recently-drawn human spinal fluid will prove effective. With Randall refusing to help him, it falls to Brewster and his captive gorilla to find appropriate donors. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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No one is safe from the cruel desires of this inhuman fiend!

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Louise Currie replaced Amelita Ward. See more »

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At the 40-minute mark, as Jeff Carter is walking through a doorway he removes his hat twice. See more »

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Agatha Brewster: Most spirits are honest, gentle and kind, and only want to bring happiness to humans. But a few are evil and, having been wicked in life, are wicked in death, and only haunt the scenes of desperate crimes, reveling in murder.
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Bela Lugosi Goes Ape
8 February 2009 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

"Dr. Brewster (Bela Lugosi) is working on a serum derived from gorilla spinal fluid and tests his experimental formula upon himself. Unfortunately, the serum transforms Dr. Brewster into a simian-like creature and he desperately attempts to find a cure. Only human spinal fluid will return him to normal but, Dr. Brewster uses some nefarious methods to extract his needed supply," according to the DVD sleeve's synopsis.

The author of the story supposedly makes an appearance at its closing - it's a good thing he rolls up the car window, to miss whatever you feel like throwing up at the screen. William Beaudine's "The Ape Man" is an embarrassment, even for a low-budget programmer. If the movie were a little better, you might be able to take some delight in Minerva Urecal's stone-faced sister, "Agatha Brewster". But, the best actor has to be Emil Van Horn as "The Ape", since he gets to save face.

* The Ape Man (1943) William Beaudine ~ Bela Lugosi, Louise Currie, Wallace Ford


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