Return of the Ape Man (1944)

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

An American horror film directed by Philip Rosen.

Plot Summary

A pair of try to revive a frozen ape-man. One of them, Professor Dexter, murders his colleague and transplants his brain into the neanderthal. Though the revived creature seems to have inherited some of the dead scientist's personality, it still remains primitive and violent and soon goes on the rampage.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Philip Rosen
Copyright MCMXLIV by Monogram Pictures Corporation
Monogram Pictures Corporation presents. Banner Productions
Produced by: Sam Katzman, Jack Dietz
Associate Producer: Barney Sarecky
Written by: Robert Charles *
Assistant Director: Art Hammond
Director of Photography: Marcel Le Picard
Film Editor: Carl Pierson
Musical Director: Edward Kay
Sound: Glen Glenn
Special Effects: Ray Mercer
Set Designer: Dave Milton

Bela Lugosi (Prof. Dexter)
John Carradine (Prof. [John] Gilmore)
George Zucco (ape man) 1Zucco was hired to play the ape man, was fitted for the costume and shot a few scenes that last only seconds in the finished film before falling ill and was unable to make the bulk of the film. His contract obliged Monogram to give him third billing regardless even though Frank Moran (also credited) plays the majority of the role]
Frank Moran (ape man)
Judith Gibson [real name: Teala Loring] (Anne Gilmore])
Michael Ames [real name: Tod Andrews] (Steve Rogers])
Mary Currier (Mrs Hilda] Gilmore)
Ed Chandler (sergeant)
Ernie Adams (tramp [Willie the Weasel])

Sequel to
The Ape Man (1943)



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