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The Brute Man (1946)

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A facially deformed and mentally unhinged man wreaks his revenge on those who deformed him with a series of brutal murders.

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Rondo Hatton ...
Tom Neal ...
Jan Wiley ...
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Donald MacBride ...
Police Captain M. J. Donelly
Peter Whitney ...
Police Lieutenant Gates
Fred Coby ...
Young Hal Moffet
Janelle Johnson Dolenz ...
Joan Bemis (as Ja Nelle Johnson)
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Hal Moffat who is taking wholesale revenge by murdering those he holds responsible for his predicament, is befriended by Helen Paige, a blind piano teacher, and he develops a warmth for her that leads him to add thievery and robbery - no big deal, he is out there anyway - to his murders so that she can be provided with the money for an operation. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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1 October 1946 (USA)  »

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Tristram Coffin, who appears briefly as a police lieutenant, doubles as the voice of the radio reporter. See more »

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[first lines]
Police Dispatcher: Attention all cars, attention all cars: general alarm. Car 22, go to 733 Spring Avenue, it's a 341, that is all.
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Follows House of Horrors (1946) See more »

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Liebestraum No 2 A Sharp Minor
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Music by Franz Liszt
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THE BRUTE MAN (Jean Yarbrough, 1946) **
23 January 2010 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Earlier on during this Halloween Horror challenge, I had watched HOUSE OF HORRORS (1946) which was basically a precursor to this one – similarly dealing with a hulking criminal with a penchant for back-breaking dubbed "The Creeper" (actually first seen in the Sherlock Holmes mystery THE PEARL OF DEATH [1944]!). In this case, we are given the character's tragic back-story – though it actually does a disservice to actor Rondo Hatton (deformed in real life by acromegaly) by making his condition self-inflicted and rendering him homicidal into the bargain! Anyway, though it shares many a credit with the subsequent film, this one (which proved to be Hatton's last) was actually made by the Poverty Row company PRC. Running a brief 59 minutes, it is simply a succession of incidents showing The Creeper either taking revenge on his former colleagues at college (including an ex-girlfriend and a romantic rival – played by DETOUR [1945]'s Tom Neal) or else killing others who happen to get in his way. To give some measure of sympathy to the titular figure, we also get a subplot in which he is sheltered by a blind pianist (shades of BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN [1935] and THE FACE BEHIND THE MASK [1941]): eventually, though, she allows herself to be used as bait in a trap set for him by the Police (with flustered Donald MacBride at their head!). In itself, then, the film is watchable as an example of low-budget horror from this vintage but in no way a classic.


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