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The Soul of a Monster (1944)

 -  Horror  -  17 August 1944 (USA)
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As famous surgeon, George Winson, lies on his deathbed, his wife Ann calls on unknown powers to save him. A strange woman (Lilyan) appears from nowhere and takes control. George recovers, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Rose Hobart ...
Lilyan Gregg
Dr. George Winson
Jim Bannon ...
Dr. Roger Vance
Jeanne Bates ...
Ann Winson
Erik Rolf ...
Fred Stevens
Ernest Hilliard ...


As famous surgeon, George Winson, lies on his deathbed, his wife Ann calls on unknown powers to save him. A strange woman (Lilyan) appears from nowhere and takes control. George recovers, but he's mysteriously dominated by Lilyan, and leaves his wife. When the evil woman tempts him into letting his best friend (Roger) die Wilson realizes that Lilyan wants his soul in exchange for the chance to continue living. Written by Mike Rogers <>

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17 August 1944 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In the St. Petersburg Florida Evening Independent newspaper on August 10, 1944, the following was noted: "There will be no more shattered eardrums for movie sound men. Movie ammunition has at last gone on the subdued side. After exhausting its pre-war supply of blank cartridges, Columbia Studio laid in a supply of the new wartime restricted type for scenes in which gunplay is needed. First person to fire the new ammunition was Rose Hobart in a scene for 'The Soul of a Monster,' in which she is supposed to empty six chambers of a revolver into George Macready. The smaller explosive charge in the shells proved easier on the actors and crew, who used to get mild shock occasionally from the heavier calibre weapons. But it is the sound men -- the guys with the amplifiers and earphones -- who have offered up the biggest prayer of thanks." See more »


Several minutes into the film, after the main character has had a miraculous recovery, he has an encounter with a German shepherd that has a mostly black muzzle. The dog growls at him, so he throws a pair of hedge clippers at the dog and chases it away. In the next shot, the dog runs to a woman in his yard and the dog has a much lighter colored muzzle with very little black on it. See more »


Ain't That Just Like a Man?
by Don Raye and Gene de Paul
Performed by Clarence Muse
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Look Into My Empty Eyes
20 October 2007 | by (Las Cruces, New Mexico) – See all my reviews

If I hadn't seen the opening credits, I would have sworn this was a Val Lewton classic. It has all the fascinating earmarks as well as much of the weirdness. The story is simple enough. A doctor about to die is saved by an evil spirit in the guise of a mysterious woman, but as we know, there is always a price to pay for undeserved immortality.

This was, without question, a "B" movie dressed up to be more stylistic than most. As in those Val Lewton movies, all the performances are understated. The principals drift into indecipherable monologues that leave you numb. Many of the scenes are shot in shadow and the whole atmosphere is spooky. There is no bloody violence to speak of, but there is enough heart stopping shock to satisfy the blood-lust in most of us.

George MacReady leads the cast. This should tell us something. He was a fine character actor, but only in a low budget thriller would he ever be given the lead. His evil muse is played by Rose Hobart. I have to admit I never heard of her until I saw this movie, but she did a more than adequate job. In fact, she was downright frightening. The rest of the cast is nameless, although I may have seen one or two of them in an old Dragnet episode, but not one of them let the story down.

This production is well worth watching - if you can find it. My only complaint is that it comes with a prologue and an epilogue. In fact, it comes with a testament to good over evil. I don't know, it was made in 1944. Maybe they had no choice.

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