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The Monster and the Girl (1941)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 28 February 1941 (USA)
After a young woman is coerced into prostitution and her brother framed for murder by an organized crime syndicate, retribution in the form of an ape visits the mobsters.

Director:

Stuart Heisler

Writer:

Stuart Anthony (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen Drew ... Susan Webster
Robert Paige ... Larry Reed
Paul Lukas ... W. S. Bruhl
Joseph Calleia ... Deacon
Onslow Stevens ... J. Stanley McMasters
George Zucco ... Dr. Parry
Rod Cameron ... Sam Daniels
Phillip Terry ... Scot Webster
Marc Lawrence ... Sleeper
Gerald Mohr ... Munn
Tom Dugan ... Captain Alton
Willard Robertson ... Lieutenant Strickland
Minor Watson ... Judge Pulver
George Meader George Meader ... Dr. Knight
Cliff Edwards ... Leon Beecher 'Tips' Stokes
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Storyline

Scot Webster tries to save his sister Susan from the clutches of gangster W.S. Bruhl. When Scot comes to Bruhl's rented room, one of the gangster's henchmen collapses into his hands, killed by a gunman. The murderer tosses his gun to Scot and disappears. Since all the evidence points at him, Scot is arrested, tried and sentenced to death. A mad scientist uses his brain to transplant it into a gorilla. After the operation Scot wakes up in the body of a gorilla, eager to get his revenge... Written by Mattias Thuresson

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IT'S A SPINE-TINGLING SENSATION! A monster on the loose...and a whole city in terror! (original ad) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

D.O.A. See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. It was first telecast in Omaha Friday 7 November 1958 on KETV (Channel 7), followed by Asheville, North Carolina 13 June 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13), and by Pittsburgh 23 October 1959 on KDKA (Channel 2). Other airings remained infrequent, apparently due to sponsor resistance to what was perceived as unsavory subject matter. It was released on DVD 16 October 2012 as part of the Universal Vault Series, and premiered on Turner Classic Movies, thanks to guest programmer John Landis, Monday 10 December 2018. See more »

Goofs

When the dog comes out into the alley and looks up at the ape/monster the camera pans up the side of the apartment building. However, mid-pan the scene apparently jumps to another shot/location as there is a break in the pan. See more »

Quotes

Scot Webster: [Screaming to Dr. Perry] You want my brain after I'm dead?
[He laughs hysterically]
Scot Webster: Help yourself, mister! Help yourself!
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Featured in Svengoolie: The Monster and the Girl (2014) See more »

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Strange
11 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Monster and the Girl, The (1941)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Strange but effective film from Paramount mixes the noir and horror genres. Mobsters frame an innocent man for murder but before his execution he swears vengeance on them all. After his death a scientist (George Zucco) experiments by putting the dead man's brain into the body of a gorilla who goes out for revenge. The biggest problem with this film is its short running time of 65-minutes, which isn't enough time for the two stories to work. We get a fast paced and fun movie but it could and should have been a lot more. This is certainly a very weird film that noir and horror fans should check out.


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