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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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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 ...
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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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Return of the Ape Man (1944)

*** (out of 4)

A scientist (Bela Lugosi) and his assistant (John Carradine) travel to the arctic, find the missing link, bring him home, thaw him out and then he goes on a rampage. Extremely cheap, but enjoyable Monogram film isn't Citizen Kane but it's not suppose to be. Lugosi and Carradine work well together and both men are good in their roles playing it straight. The actual ape man is rather silly and gets plenty of laughs but this just adds to the entertainment value. This hasn't been released to DVD yet but it's worth searching for.


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