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The Undying Monster (1942)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 27 November 1942 (USA)
Surviving members of an aristocratic English family are threatened by a legendary monster when they venture out on chilly, foggy nights.

Director:

John Brahm

Writers:

Lillie Hayward (screenplay), Michael Jacoby (screenplay) (as Michel Jacoby) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Ellison ... Robert Curtis
Heather Angel ... Helga Hammond
John Howard ... Oliver Hammond
Bramwell Fletcher ... Dr. Jeff Colbert
Heather Thatcher ... Christy
Aubrey Mather ... Inspector Craig
Halliwell Hobbes ... Walton, the Butler
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A werewolf prowls around at night but only kills certain members of one family. It seems like just a coincidence but the investigating Inspector soon finds out that this tradition has gone on for generations and tries to find a link between the werewolf and the family, leading to a frightening conclusion. Written by Graeme Huggan <hia95gh@sheffield.ac.uk>

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HORROR to make you GASP! See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Segredo do Monstro See more »

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Production Co:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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George Sanders was originally cast in the film, bur refused to play the role that eventually went to James Ellison. Sanders was suspended from 20th Century-Fox as a result. See more »

Goofs

As the werewolf carries the unconscious Helga along the rocky coastline, she bends her legs to avoid hitting the rocks. See more »

Quotes

Robert 'Bob' Curtis: I should have warned you. Miss Christopher suffers from an overdeveloped supercalaphegalus.
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Featured in Wolfman Chronicles (1991) See more »

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Great sets and atmosphere
25 October 2006 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Story about a monster going after the Hammond family who live in Hammond Hall--a huge castle in the middle of nowhere. It seems that one of the Hammonds, centuries ago, sold his soul to the Devil for eternal life. Every few years he has to kill one of the Hammonds (always a man) as a sacrifice to the Devil and to keep him living. Helga Hammond (Heather Angel) thinks that's ridiculous and it's all a silly legend--but her brother Oliver (John Howard) has been attacked and the monster may not stop at him...

This was made quickly to cash in on "The Wolf Man" which had been a huge hit for Universal the year before. It has all the markings of a B movie--a pretty silly (and illogical) script, an unknown director and a cast of actors on their way up (or down). It also has some extremely annoying "comic" relief in the form of Cornelia Christopher (Heather Thatcher) a helper of Robert Curtis (James Ellison) who is assigned by Scotland Yard to solve the case. Still this is worth catching at least once.

The sets are quite impressive (I'm assuming they were made for another film) and there's tons of atmosphere (lots of fog on the moors outside). The howls we hear during the night are pretty spooky too. Also there's a creepy little saying--"When stars are bright on a frosty night, Beware thy being on the rocky lane". The last reel appearance of the monster is a disappointment unfortunately. Also the acting isn't that great with the sole exception of Angel. Thatcher especially gets annoying with her stupid jokes--I spent most of the movie hoping the monster would get her! Still worth seeing for sets and atmosphere alone. A 7.


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