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Man Made Monster (1941)

Passed | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | 28 March 1941 (USA)
A mad scientist turns a man into an electrically-controlled monster to do his bidding.

Director:

George Waggner

Writers:

Harry Essex (story "The Electric Man") (as H.J. Essex), Sid Schwartz (story "The Electric Man") | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lionel Atwill ... Dr. Paul Rigas
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Dan McCormick
Anne Nagel ... June Lawrence
Frank Albertson ... Mark Adams
Samuel S. Hinds ... Dr. John Lawrence
William B. Davidson ... District Attorney Ralph B. Stanley (as William Davidson)
Ben Taggart ... Detective Sergeant Regan
Constance Bergen ... Nurse (as Connie Bergen)
Ivan Miller Ivan Miller ... Doctor
Chester Gan ... Wong
George Meader George Meader ... Dr. Bruno
Frank O'Connor ... Police Detective
John Dilson ... Medical Examiner
Byron Foulger ... Alienist #2
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Storyline

"Big Dan" McCormick is the sole survivor of a bus crash into hydro lines. 5 others were electrocuted. Intrigued by Dan's apparent immunity to electricity, Dr. John Lawrence, distinguished elector-biologist, asks Dan to visit him at his laboratory, where Lawrence's assistant, Dr. Paul Rigas, is secretly conducting experiments to prove his theory that human life can be motivated and controlled by electricity. Rigas persuades Dan to submit to tests, where Dan absorbs increasingly powerful charges until he develops an amazing degree of immunity, and becomes a walking hulk of electricity. Rigas does a final test of pouring a tremendous charge into Dan's body, and Dan becomes superhuman and his body glows. He is also a robot that is controlled by Rigas. When Lawrence tries to stop the experiment, Rigas orders Dan to kill him. Rigas removes the electricity from Dan's body and he becomes a shrunken shell. Despite the efforts of June Meredith, Lawrence's niece, and newspaper reporter Mark ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A New Horror strikes the screen! (original print ad) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Atomic Monster See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Though he did not get screen credit, Hans J. Salter's music for this film, specifically the repetitive percussion and strings theme heard when Lon Chaney's character is roaming the countryside wreaking havoc, was recycled in several other low budget Universal horror films of the 1940s, among them sequels featuring Frankenstein's monster, the mummy and the wolfman. See more »

Goofs

After Dr. Rigas has infused Dan McCormick with electricity, sparks to erupt from Dan's fingers. Leaving the laboratory, he reaches toward a glass goldfish bowl, which seems to attract the electricity in his body. But glass is an insulator; only a grounded, electrically conductive substance would attract the sparks. See more »

Quotes

Dr. John Lawrence: [to Dr. Rigas] With all the constructive things to be done, why do you concentrate on destruction?
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Highly Enjoyable Classic Monster Flick
12 October 2000 | by mord39See all my reviews

MORD39 RATING: *** out of ****

This was Lon Chaney, Jr.'s first "monster" movie, from the same director who would later helm THE WOLF MAN, Chaney's most popular flick of all. MAN MADE MONSTER is highly entertaining and enjoyable. It contains all the elements of a good, solid horror film.

Lionel Atwill is at the top of his game as an insane doctor trying to create an army of electrically charged zombie-men. He finds the perfect subject in the sweet and gentle Chaney, a sideshow attraction famous for demonstrating his immunity to electricity.

Lon's performance echoes his acclaimed role of "Lenny" from 1939's OF MICE AND MEN. He comes off as a likeable but gullible lug. He was always best as an actor when conveying pathos or brutish strength.

The pace of the film is quick and easy, and the Universal music adds spice to an already competent thriller. It's a fun hour or so that fans of early horror films do not want to miss.


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