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The Brute Man
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1 October 1946 (USA) See more »
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His brain cried "Kill, kill, kill!" 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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The final film of a man who proved that being different is not for sissies. See more (27 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:
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)

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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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 »
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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20 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
The final film of a man who proved that being different is not for sissies., 8 February 2001
Author: jim caviness from USA

This is the final film for Rondo Hatton, who suffered from acromegaly, and was employed in Hollywood increasingly as his disease progressed, just as Hedy Lamarr was used as her beauty increased. The plot is simple: a bright handsome young man is turned into a monster by an accident causing malfunction of his pituitary gland. His disease exacerbates his natural inclination to impulse and temper. As in the Frankenstein myth, his ugliness causes rejection by almost every one he meets. At any clear sign of revulsion, he kills. As in the Frankenstein movie, he receives unconditional acceptance only from a blind musician. At this hint of what life could have been, he softens. But the Hollywood ending cannot be. Rondo, who started in movies in 1930, was routinely used as a homely/ugly bit. The revival of horror films brought him a natural chance for stardom. Movies released in '44, '45, and '46 (the year of his death), had him appearing as The Creeper, in lead or featured parts. In the The Brute Man, he plays that part as it parallels his own life, and he is remarkably good, fully showing the good and the bad of the character. It is the faint spark of human needs that touches us, and it makes it possible to see the real ugliness of the beautiful actors cast to support him. But it is not a welcome message. The production is of course on the cheap, but with a lot of attention to detail, especially the waterfront hovel, his hideout, and the downscale apartment of the blind girl, his only other haven. Brando, in The Men, at the beginning of his career, and Rondo, in The Brute, at the end of his career, show us that being different is not for sissies, only with Brando you get the Hollywood ending.

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