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

Did You Know?

Completed in November 1945, released by PRC a year later on October 1, 1946 (Rondo Hatton's final performance). This was a sequel to House of Horrors (1946), completed in September 1945. In between, Hatton shot The Spider Woman Strikes Back (1946) in October, all three features only seeing release after his death in February 1946. Hatton had first played The Creeper in the Sherlock Holmes feature The Pearl of Death (1944), unrelated to the two follow-ups.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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18 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Beware of the Creeper, 23 February 2006
Author: Chris Gaskin from Derby, England

For such a low budget movie and from PRC as well, The Brute Man is quite good.

As a result of an experiment going wrong at university, Hal Moffat becomes disfigured and some years later, starts killing people. His victims include a grocer's delivery boy and a jeweller. He makes friends with a blind woman but nearly kills her after shopping him to the police and is arrested in her home after she set him up.

The Brute Man is shot well in black and white and is certainly one of the better efforts from PRC.

I've never heard of any of the cast in this, with Rondo Hatton in the title role.

This is worth checking out. A good way to spend an hour one afternoon or evening.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5.

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