Night Monster (1942)

35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Ford Beebe.

Plot Summary

Left crippled by a team of doctors, Kurt Ingston lures the men he holds responsible to his remote mansion in the swamps and murders them.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Ford Beebe
Copyright MCMXLII [1942] by Universal Pictures Company Inc.
Universal Pictures presents a Universal picture
Produced by: Ford Beebe
Associate Producer: Donald H. Brown
Original Screenplay: Clarence Upson Young
Director of Photography: Charles Van Enger
Film Editor: Milton Carruth
Musical Director: H.J. Salter [real name: Hans J. Salter]
Music: Hans J. Salter *, Richard Hageman *, Charles Previn *, Frank Skinner *
Sound Director: Bernard B. Brown
Technician: Richard Pritchard
Western Electric Recording
Gowns: Vera West
Art Director: Jack Otterson
Associate: Richard Riedel
Set Decorations: R.A. Gausman [real name: Russell A. Gausman]
Associate: A.J. Gilmore

Bela Lugosi (Rolf)
Lionel Atwill (Dr King)
Leif Erickson (Laurie)
Irene Hervey (Dr Harper)
Ralph Morgan (Kurt Ingston)
Don Porter (Dick Baldwin)
Nils Asther (Agor Singh)
Fay Helm (Margaret Ingston)
Frank Reicher (Dr Timmons)
Doris Lloyd (Miss Judd)
Francis Pierlot (Dr Phipps)
Robert Homans (Cap Beggs)
Janet Shaw (Milly Carson)
Eddy Waller (Jeb Harmon)
Cyril Delevanti (Torque)

Alternative Titles

House of Mystery – UK



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.20 p.41
  • Films in Review vol.30 no.7 (August/September 1979) pp.385-403 – illustrated biography, filmography (Nils Asther: International Star by Gunnar Lundquist)
  • The Hollywood Reporter 19 October 1942 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin April 1943 p.41 – credits, synopsis, review


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.80
  • Feature Films, 1940-1949: A United States Filmography by Alan G. Fetrow p.342
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.260 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.278
  • The Horror Factory by Bruce Dettman and Michael Bedford pp.141-144 – article
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.60 – credits, review
  • by Walt Lee p.334 – credits
  • Universal Horrors by Michael Brunas, John Brunas, Tom Weaver – article
  • Universal Studios Monsters: A Legacy of Horror by Michael Mallory p.189 – article
  • Vintage Science Fiction Films, 1896-1949 by Michael Benson p.167