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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!


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gorilla Strikes See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Banner Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When photographer Billie Mason (Louise Currie) and journalist Jeff Carter (Wallace Ford) are leaving for Dr. Brewster's (Bela Lugosi) house, Billie jokingly calls Jeff "Mr. Brisbane". In the banter, she was referring to Arthur Brisbane (1864-1936), who was known as the greatest newspaper journalist of his time. See more »

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At the 40-minute mark, as Jeff Carter is walking through a doorway he removes his hat twice. See more »

Quotes

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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This movie is cool.
5 January 2007 | by KennethEagleSpiritSee all my reviews

Bela Lugosi acting apish, and doing a good job. Minerva Urecal acting spooky, and doing a VERY good job. The other players do an equally good job given their respective roles. Of course there is that one guy. Some things need to be played for laughs, and I suppose that was especially true during a time when it looked as if Nazi hoards would over run the world. The makeup is fun. Some of the sets and props are recognizable from other movies, one in particular from Bela Lugosi's "Bowery at Midnight". That aspect makes for a fun kind of trivia or scavenger hunt while watching this flick. A real downside with this movie is the quality of the sound track. Very poor. But, the plot is fun, and must've worked well enough at the time because they actually did a not-so-sequel, using the title in part but not the plot line or characters, the next year in "Return of the Ape Man". As far as I know they stopped there. No "Revenge of the Ape Man" or "Son of Ape Man". I suppose they decided to play it safe. Otherwise they'ed have ended up with a whole planet of the apes.


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