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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.


Harry Lachman


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




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


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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A STRANGE TALE OF TERROR !(original print ad-all caps) See more »


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


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 »


Noel: [to Renault] You chain me, hurt me. Make me like man.
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Remake of Balaoo the Demon Baboon (1913) See more »

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Some twists that remain unanswered.
22 August 2011 | by iszatsoSee all my reviews

Nice play on the topics of mind control and re animations of the sort that Noel received from the Doctor. Left standing at the end is the paradox of who actually killed the man in the hotel in the film's early scenes. And the depraved acting of the human who abducts the girl contrasts nicely with the animal instincts of Noel. In the 1940's with science advancing quickly on the workings of the mind the dichotomy between man and animal is revealed. Who are the real animals in the movie? Movies of this genre who leave you smiling through the horror of it all are fun fill in for our contemporary modern day culture. (with all of its' incipient horrors...)

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English | French

Release Date:

19 October 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buried Alive See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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