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The Ape Man (1943)

Passed | | Action, Drama, Horror | 5 March 1943 (USA)
A crazed scientist accidentally turns himself into a half ape, half human creature, and scrambles to find a cure.

Director:

William Beaudine

Writers:

Karl Brown (story "They Creep in the Dark"), Barney A. Sarecky (screenplay) (as Barney Sarecky)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bela Lugosi ... Dr. James Brewster
Louise Currie ... Billie Mason
Wallace Ford ... Jeff B. Carter
Henry Hall ... Dr. George Randall
Minerva Urecal ... Agatha Brewster
Emil Van Horn Emil Van Horn ... The Ape
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Police CaptainO'Brien (as J. Farrel MacDonald)
Wheeler Oakman ... Police Detective Brady
Ralph Littlefield Ralph Littlefield ... Zippo
Jack Mulhall ... Reporter
Charles Jordan Charles Jordan ... Police Detective O'Toole
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Storyline

Conducting weird scientific experiments, crazed Dr. James Brewster, aided by his colleague Dr. Randall, has managed to transform himself into a hairy, stooped-over ape-man. Desperately seeking a cure, Brewster believes only an injection of recently-drawn human spinal fluid will prove effective. With Randall refusing to help him, it falls to Brewster and his captive gorilla to find appropriate donors. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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No one is safe from the cruel desires of this inhuman fiend!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gorilla Strikes See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecast of this film took place in New York City Wednesday 31 May 1950 on the DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5). See more »

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Agatha Brewster: Most spirits are honest, gentle and kind, and only want to bring happiness to humans. But a few are evil and, having been wicked in life, are wicked in death, and only haunt the scenes of desperate crimes, reveling in murder.
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A Retelling Of Jekyll And Hyde
31 December 2004 | by sddavis63See all my reviews

I thought this was basically an OK movie, although lacking in originality for the most part. In a Jekyll & Hyde genre, Bela Lugosi plays Dr. James Brewster, a scientist who injects himself with the spinal fluid of an ape and who then find himself becoming an ape. The only antidote is human spinal fluid, and, well, Brewster goes out to get it.

Lugosi's performance was not bad, really, although I couldn't help wondering why someone with the decidedly English name of James Brewster spoke with such a pronounced Hungarian accent, especially when his sister Agatha (played by Minerva Urecal) spoke perfect English. I know - nitpicky! (Perhaps becoming an ape affected his voice!) The movie never really offered an explanation of what great medical marvel the spinal fluid of an ape was supposed to achieve, although at the start of the movie Brewster's friend Dr. Randall (Henry Hall) assures Agatha that it was a marvel. The ape make-up for the supposedly real ape (Emil Van Horn) was bad, so you can imagine how hokey Lugosi's makeup was. I will say that Agatha, a dedicated ghost hunter, injected a bit of humour (perhaps unintentionally, although it's hard to tell) from time to time as she tries to throw reporters (played by Louise Currie and Wallace Ford) off the trail.

Overall I enjoyed this short (64 minutes) movie and because it had a few twists here and there I give it a 6/10, which might have been higher had it not been overall so predictable as a retelling of the Jekyll and Hyde story.


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