The Ape

The Ape

Boris Karloff
Director: William Nigh Cast: Boris Karloff
Boris Karloff
, Maris Wrixon
Maris Wrixon
, Gertrude W. Hoffman
Gertrude W. Hoffman
William Nigh


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This painfully-bad Monogram feature wastes the talents of two of horrordom's finest -- star Boris Karloff and co-writer Curt Siodmak (who would write the horror classic The Wolf Man for Universal the same year). The goofy plot involves the efforts of one Dr. Adrian (Karloff) to procure human spinal fluid for his polio-vaccine research by donning the pelt of a slain circus ape and slaughtering innocent people. The fact that he's snapping spines in the interest of medicine doesn't really help to clear the moral waters (he never does find a cure, anyway). Filmed during a particularly grueling year for Karloff, this marks the end of his lengthy stir with Monogram (after a tedious string of Mr. Wong potboilers). Without Karloff to kick around, the studio concentrated their humiliating efforts on Bela Lugosi, who appeared in a virtual remake, The Ape Man, three years later.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/16/2016
UPC: 0889290896681
Original Release: 1940
Source: Mr Fat - W Video
Time: 0:58:00
Sales rank: 73,763

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Boris Karloff Dr. Bernard Adrian
Maris Wrixon Frances Clifford
Gertrude W. Hoffman Mrs. Clifford
Henry Hall Sheriff Jeff Holliday
Gene O'Donnell Danny Foster
Jack Kennedy Tomlin
Jessie Arnold Mrs. Brill
Dorothy Vaughan Jane
George Cleveland Actor
Henry Hull Actor
Selmar Jackson Actor
I. Stanford Jolley Actor

Technical Credits
William Nigh Director
Richard Carroll Screenwriter
Scott R. Dunlap Producer
E.R. Hickson Art Director
Edward Kay Score Composer
William T. Lackey Producer
Harry Neumann Cinematographer
Russell Schoengarth Editor
Curt Siodmak Screenwriter

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