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The Brute Man (1946)

Unrated  |   |  Drama, Horror, Thriller  |  1 October 1946 (USA)
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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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Cast overview:
Jan Wiley ...
Donald MacBride ...
Peter Whitney ...
Police Lieutenant Gates
Fred Coby ...
Young Hal Moffat
Janelle Johnson Dolenz ...
Joan Bemis (as Ja Nelle Johnson)


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 <>

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His brain cried "Kill, kill, kill!" See more »


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Release Date:

1 October 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Brute  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Rondo Hatton passed away before the film was released. Universal was so embarrassed by its shameless exploitation of Hatton's disfiguring illness (which led to his death) that it sold all rights to the finished film to "B" studio Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC). See more »


[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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Featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Brute Man (1996) See more »


Liebestraum No 2 A Sharp Minor
Music by Franz Liszt
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Not The Worst You Could Watch
1 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After reading many of the other reviews for this film , I just thought I would try to say a couple of positive things about it. For one if you,re a Universal Horror film completist like myself , it's a "must have" I realize the production values are somewhat low for Universal standards , thats why they released it as a "PRC" film , but hey! they were glad to get it. Secondly , It's actually a "prequal" to the film House Of Horrors , which is really a lot better film overall , and moves at the brisker pace you'd expect a Universal Horror flick to travel at. Third , It's got Rondo. Truly an unusual character to build a film around. He is now now a minor cult icon , and the inspiration of the Rondo Awards , that honor many different aspects of Horror & Sci-fi , by allowing us to vote online..All & All , I gave this one a 5 out of 10 mainly based on my great love of the classic Universal Horror films. Take a second look some evening , watch it with House Of Horrors. It's not all that bad.

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