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The Monster Maker (1944)

Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 15 April 1944 (USA)
A mad scientist injects his enemies with an acromegaly virus, causing them to become hideously deformed.

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Sam Newfield

Writers:

Larry Williams (original story) (as Lawrence Williams), Pierre Gendron (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
J. Carrol Naish ... Markoff
Ralph Morgan ... Lawrence
Tala Birell ... Maxine
Wanda McKay ... Patricia
Terry Frost ... Blake
Glenn Strange ... Giant
Alexander Pollard ... Butler
Sam Flint ... Dr. Adams
Ace the Wonder Dog ... Ace
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A mad scientist injects his enemies with an acromegaly virus, causing them to become hideously deformed.

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Devil's Apprentice See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Throughout the film, Dr. Igor Markoff and Steve make several references to Frankenstein. Later that same year, Glenn Strange (Steve) would go on to play Frankenstein's Monster for the first time in House of Frankenstein (1944). See more »

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In the scene where Patricia is reading the note on the flowers her nails go from being painted a dark color to not being painted at all when the camera zooms into the note she is holding. See more »

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Referenced in Burying the Ex (2014) See more »

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I enjoyed this nasty little b-grade thriller.
1 June 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

The evil Dr. Markoff (J. Carrol Naish), is a scientist experimenting with a cure for the rare disfiguring disease acromegaly (which cult actor Rondo Hatton, "The Brute Man" suffered from in real life). At a concert by pianist Anthony Lawrence (Ralph Morgan) he sees a beautiful girl who reminds him of his late wife. Backstage he discovers that she is Lawrence's daughter Patricia (Wanda McKay). He sets out to woo her, but after she spurns his advances he deliberately infects her father with acromegaly with the plan of forcing him to "give" his daughter to him in return for a cure. I really enjoyed this nasty b-grade thriller. It was obviously made on a tiny budget, the script is pretty dumb and the acting is variable, but I got a kick out of how twisted the central premise was, and Naish was extremely entertaining as Markoff. McKay's cute, future Frankenstein's monster Glenn Strange is one of the supporting cast, AND there's a guy in a gorilla suit, always a sign of a silly but fun movie in my book. 'The Monster Maker' is recommended to fans of old school "bad" b-grade horror movies.


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