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George Bricker (screenplay)
Dwight V. Babcock (original story)
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Release Date:
29 March 1946 (USA) See more »
Meet...The CREEPER!
An unsuccessful sculptor saves a madman named "The Creeper" from drowning. Seeing an opportunity for revenge, he tricks the psycho into murdering his critics. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Decent enough Universal chiller See more (25 total) »


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Rondo Hatton ... The Creeper

Robert Lowery ... Steven Morrow

Virginia Grey ... Joan Medford
Bill Goodwin ... Police Lt. Larry Brooks

Martin Kosleck ... Marcel De Lange

Alan Napier ... F. Holmes Harmon

Howard Freeman ... Hal Ormiston
Virginia Christine ... Lady of the Streets

Joan Shawlee ... Stella McNally (as Joan Fulton)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Oliver Blake ... The Janitor (uncredited)
Mary Field ... Nora, Switchboard Operator (uncredited)
Byron Foulger ... Mr. Samuels (uncredited)
Perc Launders ... Smitty - Typesetter (uncredited)
Terry Mason ... Clarence - Copy Boy (uncredited)
William Newell ... Deputy Coroner (uncredited)
Jack Parker ... Elevator Boy (uncredited)

Syd Saylor ... Jerry - Morgue Attendant (uncredited)
Janet Shaw ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Walter - Printer (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean Yarbrough 
Writing credits
George Bricker (screenplay)

Dwight V. Babcock (original story)

Produced by
Ben Pivar .... producer
Cinematography by
Maury Gertsman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Philip Cahn 
Art Direction by
John B. Goodman 
Abraham Grossman 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman 
Ralph Warrington 
Makeup Department
Jack P. Pierce .... makeup director
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ralph Slosser .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... director of sound
Robert Pritchard .... sound technician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vera West .... gowns
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Hans J. Salter .... musical director (as H.J. Salter)
William Lava .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Paul Sawtell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Frank Skinner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Dimitri Tiomkin .... composer: stock music (uncredited)

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65 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
USA:Approved (PCA #11251)

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Part of the original Shock Theater package of 52 Universal titles released to television in 1957, followed a year later with Son of Shock, which added 20 more features.See more »
Miscellaneous: Rondo Hatton is the original Monster Without Make-up. He suffered from acromegaly, the disease caused disfigurement to face, spine, hands and feet. Doctors believed what set off this glandular disease in Rondo was exposure to poison gas in World War I.See more »
Marcel De Lange:[Seeing the Creeper for the first time] Magnifique! The perfect Neanderthal Man!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »


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Decent enough Universal chiller, 1 May 2015
Author: GL84 from Los Angeles, Ca

After saving the man's life from drowning, a vengeful sculptor uses a psychotic killer in a ploy to take down the spiteful art critics plaguing his work and forces a journalist to get the police on the trail of the killing spree.

Overall this one was a pretty decent if not entirely spectacular entry. One of the biggest marks against this one is the fact that the film continually finds itself traveling back-and-forth to the artists' laboratory despite continually being made aware of the killer's existence which really seems foolish and destined for danger. Not only is it completely at odds with the fact that she's obviously headstrong and determined not to do this repeatedly, the fact that her ignorance against the killer's identity despite plenty of evidence to the contrary in her earlier discovery of the sketch along with the note from the editing room asking for the purpose of printing the article all without protection or even advising the authorities on the matter makes her seem destined for death one way or another. Likewise, the fact that this one tries to play off the fact of his apartment encounter is really retribution for those actions which results in the mistaken identity issue has no reason to exist due to these early scenes giving him not only the look but also the general feel of this one so he shouldn't have had any problems carrying this out. Still, there's a few rather enjoyable parts here with the fact that the early stalking scenes are set-up to be quite chilling and typically enjoyable romps through the darkened alleyways famous in these kinds of efforts, the ability to pull off a kill against a suspect in police protection from the other room away is quite inventive and this manages to get a lot of mileage out of the unique and distinct appearance of the main killer. The grotesque, misshapen features and imposing appearance certainly get some great use throughout the sculpting scenes which have an uneasy air to them based on their relationship, and certainly helps in the finale with a lot of fine action that comes into play due to the killer's appearance, but otherwise this one didn't have much else for it.

Today's Rating-PG: Violence.

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