Balaoo (1913)

24m, 3 reels
black and white, 1.33:1

A French horror film directed by Victorin-Hippolyte Jasset.

Plot Summary

Dr Coriolis turns a baboon into a creature that resembles a man and calls him Balaoo. The man-creature falls in love with Coriolis' niece, Madeleine, but his curiosity gets the better of him and he flees into the woods where he meets a poacher. The creature is made a slave by the poacher, who orders Balaoo to kill, but he refuses to go through with a plot to kidnap Madeleine, planning instead to kill the evil poacher…


Director: Victorin-Hippolyte Jasset
Script: Victorin-Hippolyte Jasset
Novel: Balaoo ou des pas au plafond by Gaston Leroux

Lucien Bataille (Balaoo)
Camille Bardou (Hubert the poacher)
Henri Gouget (Dr Coriolis)
Josette Andriot
Gilbert Dalleu
Madeleine Grandjean (Madeleine)

Alternative Titles

Balaoo ou des pas au plafond – alternative title
Balaoo the Demon Baboon – alternative title

Dr Renault's Secret (1942)
The Wizard (1927)



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