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The Brute Man -- Look the windows! Chain the door! The Brute Man has escaped from the Sanatorium. Hes on a rampage, wreaking havoc, spreading panic and taking wholesale revenge by murdering those he holds responsible for his predicament. The Brute Man is totally insane and hes crazy about murder. His hideous face will scare you to death. Will they catch him before its too late? Can they hold him at all?
The Brute Man -- Clip: Stay away from me!

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Release Date:
1 October 1946 (USA) See more »
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Towering NEW Terror! See more »
Plot:
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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An Extremely Well-Made Little B Picture See more (31 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Rondo Hatton ... Hal Moffat 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 Moffat
Janelle Johnson Dolenz ... Joan Bemis (as Ja Nelle Johnson)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carl Anders ... Student (uncredited)
Rodney Bell ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Mary Ann Bricker ... Mary Ann Obringer (uncredited)
Jimmy Clark ... Student (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)
Alan Foster ... Jeweler (uncredited)
John Gallaudet ... Police Guard (uncredited)
Arthur Gardner ... Dancer (uncredited)
Norma Gilchrist ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Paula Gray ... Student (uncredited)

John Hamilton ... Professor Cushman (uncredited)
Margaret Hoffman ... Customer (uncredited)
Danny Jackson ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Warren Jackson ... Jeweler (uncredited)
Karen Knight ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Perc Launders ... 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)
Beatrice Roberts ... Nurse (uncredited)
John Roche ... Minor Role (uncredited)
William Ruhl ... Policeman at Helen's Apartment (uncredited)
Cy Schindell ... Crowd Control Policeman (uncredited)
Martin Skelly ... Taxicab Driver (uncredited)
Joyce Stuart ... Student (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Pawnbroker (uncredited)
Gabrielle Windsor ... Student (uncredited)
Larry Wyle ... Student (uncredited)

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
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
This film has sometimes been claimed to have elements of Rondo Hatton's real-life story in its script, but the only similarities are that both Hal Moffet and Hatton were college football stars and both got acromegaly from exposure to toxic chemicals--though the real Hatton got it not from an accident in a chemistry lab but from a poison gas attack against his unit when he was serving with the US Army in World War I.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Liebestraum No 2 A Sharp MinorSee more »

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24 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
An Extremely Well-Made Little B Picture, 13 November 2007
Author: ferbs54 from United States

Guys, the next time you look in the mirror and don't like what you see, try telling yourself that at least you're not Rondo Hatton. Hatton suffered with the congenital disease acromegaly, which, as Webster's puts it, is "chronic hyperpituitarism marked by progressive enlargement of hands, feet and face." He lived to the age of 52, being felled by a heart attack shortly after making his last film, "The Brute Man," in 1946. This is an extremely well-made little B picture, featuring fine acting by all, a compact story and some real suspense. In it, Hatton plays a former college BMOC who became disfigured after a lab accident and who, years later, begins a murder spree against all his former pals and teachers that he blames for his current condition. He also befriends a pretty, blind piano teacher, who naturally doesn't recoil automatically from the big lug's unique physiognomy. These scenes, with big Rondo and the blind woman, will likely cause most viewers to recall Frankenstein and the blind hermit in "Bride of Frankenstein" (1935), just as his later sacrifices on her behalf are reminiscent of Chaplin's for his blind flower girl in "City Lights" (1931). No, "The Brute Man" is not nearly in the same league as those two immortal classics, but still remains a fine entertainment nevertheless. "Frankenstein" makeup man Jack Pierce contributed his great talents to this film, too, making Hatton (I would imagine) even more of a sight than he was ordinarily. It's hard to feel much sympathy for Rondo's "Creeper" character, cold-blooded psycho that he has become, but somehow, we DO still feel some, to the actor's great credit. Oh, by the way, this DVD looks just terrific; an absolutely first-rate transfer from the fine folks at Image Entertainment.

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