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The Monster (1925)

Passed | | Comedy, Horror, Mystery | 16 March 1925 (USA)
A meek clerk who doubles as an amateur detective investigates some very strange goings-on at a remote mental sanitarium.

Director:

Roland West

Writers:

Roland West (stage production), Crane Wilbur (stage play) | 4 more credits »
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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 ... Rigo (as George Austin)
Edward McWade ... Luke Watson
Ethel Wales ... Mrs. Watson
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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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A mystery thriller and a love adventure. The romance of a boy and a girl in a mansion of hidden motives. A film you'll want to see all over again. (Print ad) See more »


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Trivia

"The Monster" is one of the few films from Lon Chaney that can claim to being a horror production, albeit a more tongue-in-cheek one. 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

Amos Rugg: If I had a gun I'd show that bird -...
Johnny Goodlittle, the under clerk: Here - take mine!
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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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Featured in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: The Monster (2015) See more »

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A Solid Early Horror
12 April 2015 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

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

Director Roland West did not make a great many films (he seems to have been more of a stage director), but he did do a few with Lon Chaney. This is one of those few.

The movie probably is not well known, but it has the reputation of being one of the first "mad scientist" movies, and has the distinction of being an "old dark house" movie, actually beating "The Old Dark House" (1932) to the punch.

And while the horror elements are here (the scientist and the monster), this also works great as a comedy. There are some funny intertitles with some racy humor (including a milkman joke), and the humorous bannister / storm gag is worthy of Buster Keaton.

Lastly, a special shout-out to Gertrude Olmstead, one of the "victims" of the talkies. Olmstead had a strong career in the silent era and has an excellent presence, but she never made the transition to sound and is now almost completely forgotten. A shame.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1925 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dom wariatów See more »

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| (New York opening)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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