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The Monster Maker (1944)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  15 April 1944 (USA)
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Mad scientist injects his enemies with acromegaly virus, causing them to become hideously deformed.



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Cast overview:
J. Carrol Naish ...
Tala Birell ...
Wanda McKay ...
Patricia Lawrence
Terry Frost ...
Bob Blake
Glenn Strange ...
Giant / Steve
Alexander Pollard ...
Butler / Stack
Sam Flint ...
Dr. Adams
Ace the Wonder Dog ...


Mad scientist injects his enemies with acromegaly virus, causing them to become hideously deformed.

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Horror | Sci-Fi






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15 April 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Devil's Apprentice  »

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In this film J. Carrol Naish's character Dr. Igor Markoff is compared to Dr. Frankenstein. Mr. Naish would later play Dr. Frankenstein in his very last film role, Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971). See more »


The level of the boxes at the concerts, which begin and end the film, are not consistent. They are either at ground level or well above the concert platform. See more »


References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

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Who Juiced the Piano Player?
19 March 2005 | by (Brooklyn NY USA) – See all my reviews

(Some Spoilers) PRC quickie that has J. Carrol Naish playing Dr. Igor Markoff who's not really Dr. Karkoff but an impostor who took over his identity back in Europe.

The real Dr. Karkoff had a affair with Dr.Markoff's wife that lead to him to murder the real Dr.Markoff and then having his wife Lenore infected with acromegaly that made her look like the "Elephant Man's" sister. This was done so that no one would ever want to look at her and he could keep Lenore all to himself; but the disturbed Lenore later got even with her insane husband by killing herself.

This nut, the fake Dr. Markoff, then spots Patricia Lawrence, Wanda McKay, one evening at the theater where her father Tony Lawernce, Ralph Morgan, a world famous pianist is giving a concert. Enchanted by the lovely Patricia who's a dead ringer for his dead wife Lenore Dr. Markoff becomes obsessed with her and goes to extreme lengths to marry her even though she's want's nothing to do with him.

After getting ridicules in his efforts to get Patricia to fall in love with him, by sending her flowers with syrupy love notes attached to then as much as five times a day,Tony goes to see the crazed Dr. Mankoff to tell him to stop annoying his daughter. It's then that Tony ends up getting knocked out by the good doctor who has him injected with a dose of acromegaly that turns him into a somewhat unsightly fellow. With his hands and body swelling up and not being able to play his beloved piano Tony is told by his Doctor Dr. Adams,Sam Flint, that the only one who can cure him of that dreadful disease is non other then Dr. Markoff! the person who gave it to him.

The movie has the usual sub-plots with Dr. Markoff's assistant Maxine,Tala Birell, who's also in love with him jealous of the phony doctor making a play for Patricia. There's also Dr. Markoff's hulking butler Glenn Strange who, like his pet gorilla, is just a big clumsy oaf who can't even subdue Maxine who's less the half the size. Strange ends up getting bopped on the head and knocked out cold by Patricia's boyfriend Bobby Blake, Terry Frost. As for the Gorilla he turns out to be but a big hairy wimp when he also tries to do in Maxine and is chased away, and locks himself back up in his cage, by the pet dog Ace. Dr. Markoff in his desperation to get Patricia to marry him promises her to cure her dad only to have her father break out of his chains and in the ensuing struggle with him ends up shooting Markoff dead with his own gun.

There is a happy ending to this whole mess with Maxine, who knew as much about Markoff's cure for acromegaly as he did, injecting Tony with a secret serum that made him as good as new. The movie ends, like it started, with Tony playing the piano to a packed and cheering house at the local theater.

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