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The Brute Man (1946)

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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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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Rondo Hatton, who played the monstrous Creeper in this film and in House of Horrors (1946), was actually handsome as a young man, but later in life became disfigured by acromegaly, a form of gigantism brought about by unnaturally high levels of human growth hormone produced by a disease of the pituitary gland. See more »

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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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Referenced in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: The Brain (2009) See more »

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Liebestraum No 2 A Sharp Minor
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Music by Franz Liszt
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Ja Nelle Johnson was the mother of Micky Dolenz
3 May 2011 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

1946's "The Brute Man" was a follow up to "House of Horrors," from the same producer (Ben Pivar) and director (Jean Yarbrough), plus the same star, Rondo Hatton, who filmed "The Spider Woman Strikes Back" in between (none were released until after his death in February 1946). Hatton's own back story inspired much of the plot of this low grade thriller (his last film), actually a prequel to the far superior "House of Horrors," taking place before the events of the earlier film. The Creeper stalks his victims slowly, snapping their spines in two, before befriending a blind girl (Jane Adams), who naively finds sympathetic qualities in the fiendish killer. Hatton's performance consists of wandering the dark streets from one incident to the next, while the police investigation adds up to a game of 'pass the buck.' Jane Adams had just finished playing the hunchbacked nurse in "House of Dracula," and would end her brief career with 1949's Bowery Boys horror-comedy, "Master Minds." Jan Wiley, from "The Strange Case of Doctor Rx" and "She-Wolf of London," was about to end her own brief career. Another actress of note, billed last in the credits, is Ja Nelle Johnson, a radio performer who apparently made just one other screen appearance, wife of actor George Dolenz (television's COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO), mother of singer-actor Micky Dolenz (THE MONKEES), and grandmother of actress Ami Dolenz. She gets one opening scene, and another in a later flashback, filmed when Micky was about 8 months old (November 1945). In the ultimate tribute to his mother, who kept the family stable through George's untimely death in 1963, Micky ended up recording a bedtime lullaby she used to sing, titled "Pillow Time," from the October 1969 Monkees lp, THE MONKEES PRESENT. Her credited co-author was fellow actor Matt Willis, best remembered as Bela Lugosi's werewolf servant in Columbia's "The Return of the Vampire" in 1943 (both had definitely worked at Universal).


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