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1 October 1946 (USA) See more »
His brain cried "Kill, kill, kill!" See more »
A facially deformed and mentally unhinged man wreaks his revenge on those who deformed him with a series of brutal murders. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Rondo Hatton ... Hal Moffet AKA 'The Creeper'
Tom Neal ... Clifford Scott
Jan Wiley ... Virginia Rogers Scott

Jane Adams ... Helen Paige
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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Ann Bricker ... Mary Ann Obringer (uncredited)
Tristram Coffin ... Police Lieutenant / voice of radio announcer (uncredited)
Peggy Converse ... Mrs. Obringer (uncredited)
Pat Costello ... Car 22 Patrolman (uncredited)
Joseph Crehan ... Police Commissioner Salisbury (uncredited)
John Gallaudet ... Police Guard (uncredited)
Arthur Gardner ... Dancer (uncredited)
John Hamilton ... Professor Cushman (uncredited)
Warren Jackson ... Jeweler (uncredited)
Karen Knight ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Patrick McVey ... Detective at Helen's Apartment (uncredited)
James Nolan ... Police Dispatcher (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Policeman at Helen's Apartment (uncredited)
Oscar O'Shea ... Mr. Haskins - Grocer (uncredited)
Jack Parker ... Jimmy - Delivery Boy (uncredited)
Lorin Raker ... Mr. Parkington - Mayor's Secretary (uncredited)
William Ruhl ... Policeman at Helen's Apartment (uncredited)
Cy Schindell ... Crowd Control Policeman (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Pawnbroker (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jean Yarbrough 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dwight V. Babcock  story
George Bricker 
M. Coates Webster 

Produced by
Ben Pivar .... producer
Cinematography by
Maury Gertsman 
Film Editing by
Philip Cahn 
Art Direction by
John B. Goodman 
Abraham Grossman 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman 
Edward R. Robinson 
Makeup Department
Carmen Dirigo .... hair stylist
Jack P. Pierce .... makeup director
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ralph Slosser .... assistant director
Sound Department
Joe Lapis .... sound technician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vera West .... gowns supervisor
Music Department
William Lava .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Charles Previn .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... musical director (uncredited)
Paul Sawtell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Frank Skinner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Raymond Kessler .... dialogue director

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58 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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In England, the rating of H (Horrific) was created specifically for this film, and no one under 16 was allowed to see it.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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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
How To Get Away With Murder, 4 April 2006
Author: mbuchwal from United States

It is rare for any film to present so human a portrait of a villain and still succeed in warning the audience so effectively. See "The Brute Man" and you will beware the murderous psychopath who disarms his victims by preying on feelings of sympathy.

Rondo Hatton, better known for his role as the "Creeper" in the Sherlock Holmes movie, "The Pearl of Death," also plays the Creeper here – this time without Sherlock Holmes – but with such a depth of feeling that audiences more accustomed to hating and fearing monster-murderers may feel pity for the vengeance minded killer instead.

Only in the movie "Freaks" has any actor exploited his unusual appearance to such telling effect. Without makeup, Hatton plays very true to life as the hot tempered college football star Hal Moffett – maimed in a laboratory accident – who decides to take deadly revenge upon the friends he irrationally blames for his disfigurement.

Even though the grotesque drifter's bloody scheme is terrifying, antihero Moffett never seems like a purely evil monster. He is like a misguided adolescent driven mad by his misfortune and his own unyielding character, obsessive in the drive to heal his injured vanity by acts of desperation.

As masterfully lensed under the direction of Jean Yarbrough, Hatton's performance is outstanding, even by comparison to other horror movie legends; Hal Moffett/The Creeper may possibly have been his greatest role. Yet "The Brute Man" was conceived as a modest little shocker, was made on a low budget and is today not very well remembered even by nostalgia-minded critics. Perhaps that is because "The Brute Man" seems contrived to exploit the commercial successes of "The Pearl of Death," "City Lights" and "Phantom of the Opera," from which it derives some of its main story elements (including the sentimental scenes with the blind girl and the theme of disfigurement and revenge). There is, however, no cheating in the use of classic ideas; they are combined so craftily as to create a new legend of Gothic significance and intensity, one which is also true to historical accounts of murder and realistic in a frighteningly everyday way.

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