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The Monster (1925)

A meek clerk who doubles as an amateur detective investigates some very strange goings-on at a remote mental sanitarium.

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Roland West

Writers:

Roland West (stage production), Crane Wilbur (stage play) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lon Chaney ... Dr. Ziska
Gertrude Olmstead ... Betty Watson
Hallam Cooley ... Watson's Head Clerk
Johnny Arthur ... The Under Clerk
Charles Sellon ... The Constable (as Charles A. Sellon)
Walter James Walter James ... Caliban
Knute Erickson ... Daffy Dan
Frank Austin Frank Austin ... Rigo (as George Austin)
Edward McWade ... Luke Watson
Ethel Wales ... Mrs. Watson
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Storyline

A general store clerk and aspiring detective investigates a mysterious disappearance that took place quite close to an empty insane asylum... Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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The doctor is in See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1925 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Palmers unheimliches Haus See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (New York opening)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The original play opened in New York on 9 August 1922 and had 101 performances. Walter James originated his movie role as Calaban in the play. In the 1933 revival, DeWolf Hopper Sr. played Dr. Ziska. See more »

Goofs

When Johnnie flies out of the door, into the rainstorm again, you can see the wire that holds him, right when he is crushing into Rigo. See more »

Quotes

Intertitle: Bowman's disappearance was Danburg's biggest thrill since the milkman eloped with the bootlegger's wife.
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Alternate Versions

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) showed an 86-minute version with an uncredited music score on cable. See more »

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7/10
11 October 2001 | by zetesSee all my reviews

This is a bizarre little horror/comedy, mostly a comedy, the horror aspects almost parody. Lon Chaney has the top billing, but he's the evil adversary to a group of three, the leader being an amateur detective far too reminiscent of the previous year's Sherlock Jr. by the great Buster Keaton. He carries around a book called How to Be a Detective, and there are frequent zoom-ins which underline certain passages in the book. This is the ancestor to the type of film where a group of normal people are abducted into a strange house with a strange owner.

As for the film's quality, its humor is generally on target, but it is never all that funny. A lot of giggles, but I never laughed out loud. It is often very slow moving, but it has a few wonderful set pieces and suspense scenes. Lon Chaney's villain is pretty entertaining; I really wish they would have had more of him. There's much more footage of his evil henchman. The climactic scene is excellent.


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