6.3/10
293
15 user 1 critic

The Hairy Ape (1944)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir | 2 July 1944 (USA)
During the 1940s, social class conflict is depicted when a spoiled socialite, traveling on a freighter, calls the ship's head stoker a hairy ape, provoking him into stalking the rich woman once ashore in New York.

Director:

Writers:

(play), (screenplay) (as Robert D. Andrews) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Film-Noir | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

On trial for murdering his girlfriend, philandering stockbroker Larry Ballentine takes the stand to claim his innocence and describe the actual, but improbable sounding, sequence of events that led to her death.

Director: Irving Pichel
Stars: Robert Young, Susan Hayward, Jane Greer
The Lusty Men (1952)
Action | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Retired rodeo champion Jeff McCloud agrees to mentor novice rodeo contestant Wes Merritt against the wishes of Merritt's wife who fears the dangers of this rough sport.

Directors: Nicholas Ray, Robert Parrish
Stars: Susan Hayward, Robert Mitchum, Arthur Kennedy
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A dying scientist pushes forward his project to tap through to the Earth's magma layer, with results that threaten to destroy the Earth as we know it.

Director: Andrew Marton
Stars: Dana Andrews, Janette Scott, Kieron Moore
Ada (1961)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Bo Gillis is running for Governor. Steve writes the speeches, Sylvester runs the campaign and Bo plays the guitar. Everything is going according to the plan until a hooker named Ada is ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Mann
Stars: Susan Hayward, Dean Martin, Wilfrid Hyde-White
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A rich businessman stalks another man's fiancée.

Director: Walter Lang
Stars: Carole Lombard, Preston Foster, Cesar Romero
Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A mentally unstable man, who has been kept in isolation for years, escapes and causes trouble for his identical twin brother.

Director: Stuart Heisler
Stars: Albert Dekker, Susan Hayward, Frances Farmer
Drama | Film-Noir | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Angie Evans, fast-rising nightclub singer, interrupts her career to marry struggling songwriter Ken Conway. When Ken lucks into a career as chart-topping radio crooner, Angie is forced into... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Heisler
Stars: Susan Hayward, Lee Bowman, Marsha Hunt
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Emily Blair is rich and deaf. Doctor Vance, who grew up poor in Blairtown, is working on a serum to cure deafness which he tries on Emily. It doesn't work. Her sister is carrying on an ... See full summary »

Director: Irving Pichel
Stars: Alan Ladd, Loretta Young, Susan Hayward
Jack London (1943)
Adventure | Biography | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Episodes in the adventurous life of the American novelist (1876-1916).

Director: Alfred Santell
Stars: Michael O'Shea, Susan Hayward, Osa Massen
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Gambling-house owner finds himself estranged from his wife and son.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Clark Gable, Alexis Smith, Wendell Corey
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Released from prison after 12 years, a wrongfully convicted British man seeks revenge on the witnesses who lied at his trial.

Director: Robert Hamer
Stars: John Mills, John McCallum, Elizabeth Sellars
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Eric Busch, a novelist/playwright, and his wife, Janet, go to New York where he arranges to have Matt Saxon, who has a reputation for ruthlessness, produce his play. Saxon insists on so ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Binyon
Stars: Robert Montgomery, Susan Hayward, John Payne
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
Tony Lazar
...
Helen Parker
...
Paddy
...
Long
...
MacDougald, Chief Engineer
Charles Cane ...
Gantry
Charles La Torre ...
Portuguese Proprietor
Edit

Storyline

Hank Smith, a brutish stoker on board a freighter, is appalled when Mildred Douglas, a society girl forced by circumstance to travel as a passenger, visits the stokehold and recoils at the filthy, sweating Hank. A powerhouse of a man with a primitive confidence, Hank has never been looked down on before nor suffered the insult "hairy ape" flung at him by the rich girl. At first he seeks vengeance for the insult, but broods over it until more than anything, he desires to understand it. When the ship reaches port, he seeks her out in her upper class surroundings, determined to grasp the meaning of the encounter. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

ship | insult | hose | jail | rich woman | See All (51) »

Taglines:

"I GOT A WOMAN ON MY MIND...and she ain't good!" See more »

Genres:

Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 July 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pasión salvaje  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Quotes

Hank Smith: Dames, huh? That's a lot of tripe. They'll double cross you for a nickel or even nothing. Treat 'em rough - that's me, the whole bunch of 'em. They don't belong. They don't amount to nothing. Who makes the old tub go? It's us guys. Me! Me! I make her go.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Free Interpretation Of O'Neill
9 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

Eugene O'Neill's play is used only as a frame for this production, with even the name of the eponymous lead being changed, and the action brought forward in time into the Second World (U-Boat) War period, wherein are added additional sub-plots, characters and dialogue not even remotely descended from the original. It is notable, therefore, that O'Neill's powerful brand of Expressionism is incorporated within the making of this work, by director Alfred Santell, displaying the strongest creative impulses in his career, by the splendid cinematographer Lucien Andriot, as well as production and art designer James Sullivan, and others. The result is a cultural hybrid, geared partially to please wartime audiences, but marked by the finest performance in the career of William Bendix; a singularly consistent and vicious interpretation by Susan Hayward; and by fine work from always reliable Dorothy Comingore and Roman Bohnen - the few scenes that Bendix and Hayward share are incandescent and directed brilliantly by Santell.


30 of 33 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 15 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Paul Scheer on Why There Are No Bad Movies

Paul Scheer discusses The Disaster Artist and his love of awesomely bad movies. Plus, we dive into the origins of midnight movies and explore how The Room became a cult classic.

Watch now