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The Monster and the Girl (1941)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 28 February 1941 (USA)
After a young woman is coerced into prostitution and her brother framed for murder by an organized crime syndicate, retribution in the form of an ape visits the mobsters.

Director:

Stuart Heisler

Writer:

Stuart Anthony (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen Drew ... Susan Webster
Robert Paige ... Larry Reed
Paul Lukas ... W. S. Bruhl
Joseph Calleia ... Deacon
Onslow Stevens ... J. Stanley McMasters
George Zucco ... Dr. Parry
Rod Cameron ... Sam Daniels
Phillip Terry ... Scot Webster
Marc Lawrence ... Sleeper
Gerald Mohr ... Munn
Tom Dugan ... Captain Alton
Willard Robertson ... Lieutenant Strickland
Minor Watson ... Judge Pulver
George Meader George Meader ... Dr. Knight
Cliff Edwards ... Leon Beecher 'Tips' Stokes
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Scot Webster tries to save his sister Susan from the clutches of gangster W.S. Bruhl. When Scot comes to Bruhl's rented room, one of the gangster's henchmen collapses into his hands, killed by a gunman. The murderer tosses his gun to Scot and disappears. Since all the evidence points at him, Scot is arrested, tried and sentenced to death. A mad scientist uses his brain to transplant it into a gorilla. After the operation Scot wakes up in the body of a gorilla, eager to get his revenge... Written by Mattias Thuresson

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A savage gorilla with the warped, twisted brain of a madman... seeking vengeance against those who destroyed this woman's soul! See more »


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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. It was first telecast in Omaha Friday 7 November 1958 on KETV (Channel 7), followed by Asheville, North Carolina 13 June 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13), and by Pittsburgh 23 October 1959 on KDKA (Channel 2). Other airings remained infrequent, apparently due to sponsor resistance to what was perceived as unsavory subject matter. It was released on DVD 16 October 2012 as part of the Universal Vault Series, and premiered on Turner Classic Movies, thanks to guest programmer John Landis, Monday 10 December 2018. See more »

Goofs

When the dog comes out into the alley and looks up at the ape/monster the camera pans up the side of the apartment building. However, mid-pan the scene apparently jumps to another shot/location as there is a break in the pan. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Perry: [to Scot Webster] The world is full of questions which will never be answered. Don't try too hard.
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Good Old-Fashioned Storytelling
12 August 2001 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

Ellen Drew plays a woman tricked into prostitution by Robert Paige and a group of gangsters after leaving a small town for the lights and allure of the big city. Drew's brother comes to her rescue and is instead set up in a murder by the gang led by Paul Lukas. Phillip Terry(her brother) is given the death penalty for his innocence and is executed. Right now you must be thinking...is there a monster? Oh yes! Just before the execution takes place, scientist George Zucco asks Terry is he can have his brain after he is killed. Zucco receives Terry's consent and transplants the brain of Terry into a giant gorilla that will seek payback from the gang of thugs and the attorney that sent Terry to his death. This is certainly not your typical monster film from the 40's. It opens with Drew narrating and then we are immediately thrust into the courtroom. We see everything through the testimony of the witnesses. Very innovative, and well-done. The story gets ridiculous midway, but the director Stuart Heisler never for one moment takes the material as anything less than serious. This attitude really allows the film to work. The story also sheds light on what was at the time a very scandalous subject....prostitution. We are never told what actually happens in so many words with regards to Drew's shame, yet we know through subtle means. The gang is truly repulsive. Each of the actors in it are extremely good playing men with no souls. Gerald Mohr, Paige, Lukas, and Marc Lawrence(isn't he always playing a thug?) do very well also in their obvious demises to come. The rest of the acting in this film is pretty good too. Onslow Stevens has a small part as the prosecuting lawyer. And George Zucco is always a treat to watch. I never have seen him give a bad performance. And the ape?" Not bad...looks fairly realistic..I have seen far worse. A good all around film from Paramount. They sure don't make em like this anymore and ain't it a shame!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

D.O.A. See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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