The Ape (1940)

62m, 7 reels
35mm, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English
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An American horror film directed by William Nigh. It was the last film in Boris Karloff's six picture deal with Monogram. Despite a credit claiming that the film was based on the 1924 play by Adam Hull Shirk, it bears no resemblance to the play at all.

Plot Summary

Dr Bernard Adrian is trying to find a cure for the polio that has struck down a young woman. He thinks he's found a way, but it involves him taking from humans. To add to his problems, a murderous circus ape has escaped and is terrorizing the locals.


* = uncredited

Directed by: William Nigh
© [not given on screen]
Monarch Film Coporation presents. Distributed by Monarch Film Coporation
In Charge of Production: Scott R. Dunlap
Associate Producer: William Lackey
Production Manager: C.J. Bigelow
Screenplay by: Kurt Siodmak and Richard Carroll
Suggested from the play by Adam Hull Shirk
Adaptation by: Kurt Siodmak
Assistant Director: Allen Wood
Director of Photography: Harry Neumann
Film Editor: R. Schoengarth
Musical Director: Edward Kay
Recording Engineer: Karl Zint
Western Electric Sound System
Make-up: Gordon Bau *
Technical Director: E.R. Hickson

Boris Karloff (Dr Bernard Adrian)
Maris Wrixon (Miss Frances Clifford)
Gene O'Donnell (Danny Foster)
Dorothy Vaughan (Mother Clifford)
Gertrude W. Hoffman (Jane)
Henry Hall (Sheriff Jeff Halliday)
Selmer Jackson (Dr McNulty)
Jessie Arnold [Mrs Brill] *
Harry Bradley [Quinn] *
George Cleveland [Mr Howley] *
Ray Corrigan [the ape] *
Pauline Drake [young girl] *
Mary Field [Mrs Mason] *
Gibson Gowland [posse member] *
I. Stanford Jolley [ape trainer] *
Jack Kennedy [Deputy Tomlin] *
Donald Kerr [man carrying ape trainer] *
Philo McCullough [Henry Mason] *
Buddy Swan [young boy] *

Alternative Titles

Apmänniskan – Swedish title
El gorila – Spanish title

See also
House of Mystery (1934)


Fantastic Films of the Decades Volume 3: The 40s Part 1: 1940-43 by Wayne Kinsey pp.7-8 – illustrated article
Horror and Science Fiction Films: A Checklist by Donald C. Willis pp.25-26 – credits
The Monogram Checklist: The Films of Monogram Pictures Corporation, 1931-1952 by Ted Okuda pp.108, 109 – illustrated credits, synopsis, release date
Row Horrors! by Tom Weaver pp.5-14 – illustrated article by Tom Weaver
by Walt Lee p.15 – credits