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The Ape (1940)

Approved | | Horror | 30 September 1940 (USA)
Dr. Bernard Adrian is a kindly mad scientist who seeks to cure a young woman's polio. He needs spinal fluid from a human to complete the formula for his experimental serum. Meanwhile, a ... See full summary »

Director:

William Nigh

Writers:

Adam Shirk (suggested from the play: "The Ape") (as Adam Hull Shirk), Curt Siodmak (adaptation) (as Kurt Siodmak) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... Dr. Bernard Adrian
Maris Wrixon ... Miss Frances Clifford
Gene O'Donnell Gene O'Donnell ... Danny Foster
Dorothy Vaughan ... Mother Clifford
Gertrude Hoffman ... Jane - Adrian's Housekeeper (as Gertrude W. Hoffman)
Henry Hall ... Sheriff Jeff Halliday
Selmer Jackson ... Dr. McNulty
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Storyline

Dr. Bernard Adrian is a kindly mad scientist who seeks to cure a young woman's polio. He needs spinal fluid from a human to complete the formula for his experimental serum. Meanwhile, a vicious circus ape has broken out of its cage, and is terrorizing towns people. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Jungle Beast or Man of Science? See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gorilla See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The play opened in Los Angeles, CA, on 12/13/27. See more »

Goofs

When the doctor is showing off his 'cured' guinea pigs, one of the poor critters falls off the table, at the end of the shot. See more »

Quotes

Danny Foster: I don't like things I can't understand.
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Connections

Featured in Sprockets: Golden Turkeys (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves)
(1887) (uncredited)
Written by Juventino Rosas
Played at the circus for the trapeze act
Reprised as background music on the circus grounds
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Where would (mad) science be without Boris Karloff?
7 December 2004 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

In this very short and extremely cheap horror film, horror legend Boris Karloff once again stars as a devoted doctor/scientist on the verge of a big medical breakthrough. He played quite a few similar roles in his rich career and this time he's helping out a young woman who's suffering from an almost terminal case of polio. Dr. Adrian (Karloff's character) has great visions but his experiments are what they call 'unethical' and all the villagers avoid him. When a mad-raving ape escapes from a nearby circus, it brings Dr. Adrian to an idea… 'The Ape' is quite an imaginative and well-intended horror film with a slick plot but unfortunately too little action. It never features a horrific atmosphere and the ape costume isn't exactly convincing. Still, I'd certainly categorize it as a worthwhile horror film if it were only for the performance by Boris (who looks quite thin and unhealthy here, though). In case you're looking for a really excellent film starring Karloff going insane while reaching new medical heights, I strongly recommend purchasing 'Corridors of Blood'. This film would make a neat appetizer before watching that one.


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