4.6/10
1,434
52 user 24 critic

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 »
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ON DISC
ALL

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Ape Man (1943)
Certificate: Passed Action | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A crazed scientist accidentally turns himself into a half ape, half human creature, and scrambles to find a cure.

Director: William Beaudine
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Louise Currie, Wallace Ford
The Devil Bat (1940)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A mad scientist develops an aftershave lotion that causes his gigantic bats to kill anyone who wears it.

Director: Jean Yarbrough
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Suzanne Kaaren, Dave O'Brien
Certificate: Passed Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

A scientist, aided by an old hag and her two sons, kills virginal brides, steals their bodies, and extracts gland fluid to keep his ancient wife alive and young.

Director: Wallace Fox
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Luana Walters, Tristram Coffin
The Gorilla (1939)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

When a wealthy man is threatened by a killer known as The Gorilla, he hires the Ritz Brothers to investigate. A real escaped gorilla shows up at the mansion just as the investigators arrive.

Director: Allan Dwan
Stars: The Ritz Brothers, Jimmy Ritz, Harry Ritz
The Ghoul (1933)
Action | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An Egyptologist returns from the dead to take revenge on those who have violated his tomb.

Director: T. Hayes Hunter
Stars: Boris Karloff, Cedric Hardwicke, Ernest Thesiger
Black Dragons (1942)
Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

A cabal of American industrialists, all fifth-columnists intent on sabotaging the war effort, are methodically murdered by the malevolent Monsieur Colomb. It is only until detective Dick ... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Joan Barclay, George Pembroke
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Kindly soup kitchen operator and professor of criminology Karl Wagner uses his soup kitchen as a front for a criminal gang who commit a series of daring robberies and murders. When things ... See full summary »

Director: Wallace Fox
Stars: Bela Lugosi, John Archer, Wanda McKay
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

The town's leading citizen becomes a homicidal maniac after his wife deserts him.

Director: Joseph H. Lewis
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Polly Ann Young, John McGuire
Crime | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After hapless pianist and ex-con John Elman is framed for murder, he is resurrected by a scientist after his execution.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Boris Karloff, Ricardo Cortez, Edmund Gwenn
Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An attractive model with an ulterior motive volunteers as guinea pig for an invisibility machine.

Director: A. Edward Sutherland
Stars: Virginia Bruce, John Barrymore, John Howard
Adventure | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An ancient mummy is revived to destroy the invaders of the 3,000 year-old tomb of an Egyptian princess.

Director: Christy Cabanne
Stars: Dick Foran, Peggy Moran, Wallace Ford
Certificate: Passed Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

When corpses drained of blood begin to show up in a European village, vampirism is suspected to be responsible.

Director: Frank R. Strayer
Stars: Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas
Edit

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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He keeps human life in test tubes, and prowls at night in the skin of an ape! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

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 »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

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.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Aweful Movies with Deadly Earnest: The Ape (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(uncredited)
Traditional Scottish music
Played on a bugle by a relaxing circus worker
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Karloff makes this B-movie fun to watch!
31 July 2006 | by al-harrisSee all my reviews

Watched this 1940 movie last night and had fun watching Karloff. His scenes as the caring Doctor trying to find a cure for the paralyzed girl (played by Maris Wrixon) were touching and well done. His mad obsession to cure her seemed very believable to me. Though it looks like Wrixon played mostly bit parts during her career, she did a good job in this larger role and she is beautiful. Gene O'Donnell as her protective and jealous boyfriend seemed unrealistic as he took an immediate and illogical dislike to Karloff, the man trying to help his girlfriend walk again. Maybe he thought he resembled some kind of mad scientist, remembering Dr.Janos Rukh in 'The Invisible Ray' or Dr.Ernest Sovac in 'Black Friday.' Of course, this Monogram film is lacking in production values and the supporting cast is for the most part forgettable. And, Karloff has certainly been more fun to watch in some of his other films. The killer ape was a little goofy, as were the never-ending posses hunting him. However, with all that being said, it was still fun to see an old Karloff film, if only for old time's sake.


8 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 52 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Check Out What's Playing on IMDb Freedive

See what movies and TV series you can watch for free today, and visit IMDb Freedive for even more. Select any poster below to play the movie!

Find more things to watch

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed