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The Monster Walks (1932)

People in an old dark house on a stormy night are menaced by a killer ape.

Director:

Frank R. Strayer (as Frank Strayer)

Writers:

Robert Ellis (story), Robert Ellis (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rex Lease ... Dr. Ted Clayton
Vera Reynolds ... Ruth Earlton
Sheldon Lewis ... Robert Earlton
Mischa Auer ... Hanns Krug
Martha Mattox ... Mrs. Emma 'Tanty' Krug
Sidney Bracey ... Herbert Wilkes (as Sidney Bracy)
Willie Best ... Exodus (as Sleep n' Eat)
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Storyline

A doctor, who keeps an ape for medical studies, dies and his daughter inherits his estate. Her uncle, a paralytic, working through his natural son by the housekeeper, plans her death, and the ape may or may not be involved. However, the plan does have a problem or two in its execution. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El monstruo asesino See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was originally refused a UK cinema certificate in 1932, and released uncut and PG rated in 2010. See more »

Goofs

When Ted Clayton breaks through the cellar door, the flimsy wall shakes too. See more »

Quotes

Robert Earlton: Ruth is not the type of hysterical woman that's given to nightmares.
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Madeline Kahn/Taj Mahal (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Lullaby
(uncredited)
Written by Johannes Brahms
Played on the violin as part of the plot
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16 September 2006 | by manicgeckoSee all my reviews

It was a dark and stormy night with constant cannon fire in the distance, with the wind scratching a wax record somewhere out of scene. OK the quality of the picture is not Oscar material but hey, this was 1932. At least now I know where H&B got all the gags for the Scooby Doo cartoons. As mentioned in most of the other comments this is a typical Haunted House movie, with only one or two real surprises. There is even the maniac monkey thrown in as with countless other "horror" movies of the era. Were chimps really that scary back then???? The acting is worthy of any community playhouse, I kept looking for the script cards Hanns was reading off of. And I was shocked to learn Hanns actually had musical talent - kinda... sorta... OK not really. But I did manage to make it through this movie in one setting without going comatose, but I did find myself quoting Vera at least once or twice during the movie, "Oh Ted, take me away!".


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