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Return of the Ape Man (1944)

 -  Horror | Romance | Sci-Fi  -  17 July 1944 (USA)
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While on an Arctic expedition, two scientists find the frozen body of a prehistoric caveman. They bring him home to their laboratory, but decide that in order to fully utilize (and control)... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
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Prof. Gilmore
George Zucco ...
Ape Man
Frank Moran ...
Ape Man
Teala Loring ...
Anne (as Judith Gibson)
Tod Andrews ...
Steve (as Michael Ames)
Mary Currier ...
Mrs. Gilmore
Eddy Chandler ...
Sergeant (as Ed Chandler)
Ernie Adams ...
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While on an Arctic expedition, two scientists find the frozen body of a prehistoric caveman. They bring him home to their laboratory, but decide that in order to fully utilize (and control) him, they must transplant a more developed brain into the caveman. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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George Zucco was hired for the part of the Ape Man and showed up for initial costume fittings and preliminary make-up applications, but he fell ill prior to shooting and was replaced by Frank Moran. However, his contract required that he receive third billing, so even though he appears in the film for only a few seconds*, he is still billed third. He does appear in some lobby cards, however, and there are publicity photos taken of him in full costume and make-up. (*Keen eyed viewers will spot him in the initial scenes of the dormant ape-man lying on Dexter's lab table. Frank Moran takes over just as creature stirs and wakes up). He did recover to join Bela Lugosi and John Carradine in the follow-up, "Voodoo Man." See more »

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Frozen missing link thaws out
12 September 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Return Of The Ape Man which has nothing to do with the original Ape Man which was no Oscar winner either boasts in its cast three players who apparently had no standards by which they chose projects. Bela Lugosi, John Carradine, and to a lesser extent George Zucco probably in the aggregate can count on more dreadful films than any other three players you can name.

Starting off with the fact that a product from Monogram Pictures ought to carry a warning label, Return Of The Ape Man is one horrid ripoff from the Frankenstein story. Lugosi and Carradine are a pair of scientists experimenting in cryogenics before its time and travel on an Arctic expedition to find hopefully a frozen caveman from prehistoric times to experiment on.

What Carradine doesn't know is that eventually he winds up part of the experiment as a bit of his brain winds up in the caveman's body. After that it's George Zucco who takes over the caveman part from former boxer Frank Moran. Zucco gets to talk guttural monster talk like both Lugosi and Boris Karloff did playing the Frankenstein monster.

Biggest hoot in the film is when the caveman with new enhanced intelligence breaks into Carradine's house plays Moonlight Sonata on the piano and then strangles Mary Currier who is Carradine's wife. I split a gut with that one.

For a few laughs check out Return Of The Ape Man.


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