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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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

D.O.A. See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »

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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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pretty good, eccentric horror noir film with a killer ape
20 February 2005 | by FieCrierSee all my reviews

I learned about this movie from a sidebar to an article on "horror noir" in Films in Review, where it was highly recommended.

It does mix horror and film noir in its own peculiar fashion. It starts off more noir than horror. A woman addresses the camera, surrounded by smoke or fog, to tell us a tale. We're taken to a courtroom, where a stoic man is being tried for murder. The woman from the introduction enters the court as a spectator, and a couple of the other spectators call attention to her.

The man on trial doesn't say much in his defense, speaking in a monotone. The woman jumps up to insist on speaking. She seems like a tough dame, and it turns out she's the man's sister. What she says doesn't help much, and she isn't a credible witness; it's implied she's a prostitute.

Through a flashback to better days, we see the siblings when they were much more animated and happy. She wanted to leave their small town, but when she goes to the city she finds it hard to get work. She meets a man she falls in love with, and gets married, but when she wakes up after a party on her wedding night, he's disappeared. A strange man is in her bedroom informing her how much she owes for the room and party, and offers her work in a cabaret entertaining men...

The brother goes to the city to find the missing husband, and gets framed for murder by a criminal conspiracy by the men his sister now works for. Back in the courtroom, he's convicted, vows revenge, and is executed, but not before he agrees to donate his brain to science.

Post-mortem, his brain is implanted into an ape. It's not clear what the scientist hopes to accomplish by that. Something about evolution, perhaps seeing what the ape's potential is if its brain is upgraded. For some reason, the scientist seems to expect an intelligent ape, rather than a man's mind in an ape's body. It isn't clear to what extent the executed man's brain retains its personality or memories, but the ape does carry out his vow of revenge, and his own dog seems to recognize him.

There were several other primate horror movies Universal made, among them the three titles in the Paula the Ape Woman series: Captive Wild Woman (1943), Jungle Woman (1944/I), Jungle Captive, The (1945), and then the Bela Lugosi film Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932). It's a funny thing about primates and horror, they go back pretty far. The Doctor's Experiment, The Professor's Secret, and The Monkey Man (all 1908) are three of the earliest ones, the latter one even involving a brain transplant!


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