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Dr. Renault's Secret (1942)

Dr. Larry Forbes visits the château of Dr. Robert Renault, uncle of his fiancée Madelon, who is idolized by Renault's assistant, a strange émigré from Java.

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Harry Lachman

Writers:

William Bruckner (screenplay), Robert F. Metzler (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
J. Carrol Naish ... Noel
Shepperd Strudwick ... Dr. Larry Forbes (as John Shepperd)
Lynne Roberts ... Madelon Renault
George Zucco ... Dr. Robert Renault
Bert Roach ... Hotel Proprietor
Eugene Borden Eugene Borden ... Coroner
Jack Norton ... Mr. Austin
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A young man visits his fiancée in a remote French villa where her scientist father resides. There he meets Noel, Dr. Renault's mysterious assistant, who has a strange attraction to Renault's daughter. Soon he learns Noel's true identity: he is an ape that was turned into a man by Renault's bizarre experiments! Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

19 October 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buried Alive See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Inspired by Gaston Leroux's novel "Balaoo". See more »

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When Larry looks at the books, the title of "Anthropology" on the spine of one is not only a different color than the other books from the same set, but the curled up edges show the title was pasted over the original one. See more »

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Jacques, a detective: [after a body lands near them] He fell out of that window!
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Watchable if you like the genre, but not exactly ground-breaking or exciting
23 October 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

George Zucco is a scientist and to fans of the horror genre, it's not at all surprising that he's a mad scientist since he's played this in so many low-budget films. His assistant is the rather dim and violent J. Carrol Naish. It's obvious SOMETHING is wrong here, but at first it is a bit vague. Unfortunately, though, the film telegraphs its "dark secrets" and the plot seems awfully familiar, so when things do heat up, it never really gets very exciting. I'm not a genius, but I pretty much figured out the plot after watching the film for 10 minutes.

So why, then, did I watch this very bland film? Well, I like the genre and assume those who like these cheesy old horror films would also probably stick it out until the end--especially since this film is less than an hour long. However, if this isn't your style of film, there's nothing about this one that will convince you to watch another.

By the way, my wife says I'm too picky, but this was a sloppy film in several places. In one scene, a man is strangled to death but as his corpse is being thrown out a window, the "dead man" visibly moves his arms to give his attacker and easier time tossing him! A short time later, a man is killed in a barber shop where there is a shade drawn over the glass door. But, when the police break the glass to enter, the shade is up, not down!


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