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Return of the Ape Man (1944)

While on an Arctic expedition, two scientists find the frozen body of a prehistoric caveman. They bring him home to their laboratory, but decide that in order to fully utilize (and control)... See full summary »

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Phil Rosen (as Philip Rosen)

Writer:

Robert Charles (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bela Lugosi ... Prof. Dexter
John Carradine ... Prof. John Gilmore
George Zucco ... Ape Man (credit only)
Frank Moran ... Ape Man
Teala Loring ... Anne Gilmore (as Judith Gibson)
Tod Andrews ... Steve Rogers (as Michael Ames)
Mary Currier Mary Currier ... Mrs. Hilda Gilmore
Eddy Chandler Eddy Chandler ... Sergeant (as Ed Chandler)
Ernie Adams ... Tramp, Willie the Weasel
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While on an Arctic expedition, two scientists find the frozen body of a prehistoric caveman. They bring him home to their laboratory, but decide that in order to fully utilize (and control) him, they must transplant a more developed brain into the caveman. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Something new in horror -- SUSPANIM -- suspended animation! See more »

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Horror | Romance | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El retorno del hombre bestia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

No connection to The Ape Man (1943), despite Bela Lugosi's star presence in both. See more »

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The prehistoric cave man who is thawed back to life is wearing modern cotton underwear beneath his animal hide loincloth. See more »

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Featured in Fantasmic Features: Return of the Ape Man (1967) See more »

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12 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Return of the Ape Man (1944)

*** (out of 4)

Extremely entertaining B-movie has Bela Lugosi playing Professor Dexter, a man who discovers a way to freeze a person for months and then bring them back to life. He wants further proof of his genius so he and his partner (John Carradine) travel to the Arctic where they discover a Missing Link (George Zucco/Frank Moran). They bring him back and defrost him and before long he is running wild. Dexter, wanting to make it more human, decides to put the brain of his assistant into the creature.

RETURN OF THE APE MAN is without question one of the most entertaining B movies of the decade thanks in large part to some nice direction by Phil Rosen and a great cast of characters. Obviously if you're wanting high art then you might as well keep on walking but if you're a fan of low-budget horror movies then this one here really delivers on the entertainment factor. At just 60 minutes the movie is extremely fast-paced and a lot of fun.

A lot of credit has to go to the cast who are really amped up throughout the film. This includes Lugosi who delivers another strong performance as the mad scientist who slowly loses his mind more and more. Lugosi is a lot of fun in his typical over-the-top way. Carradine is also a lot of fun here and it's great getting to see the two men act together. Zucco can be seen in only a brief shot but his contract required his name to remain on the title card but it's Frank Moran who plays the ape man the majority of the time. He too is great fun as the wild creature.

As you can tell, there's nothing ground-breaking about RETURN OF THE APE MAN but it's not trying to be. It's meant for some fast, cheap entertainment and there's no doubt that it delivers that and much more.


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