The Ape Man (1943)

62m, 64m
35mm, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by William Beaudine.

Plot Summary

In the course of his mad experiments, Dr James Brewster has managed to transform himself into an ape man but has no way of reversing the process… until he realises that injections of human spinal fluid may do the trick. When his colleague, Randall, refuses to help, Brewster uses his trained gorilla to abduct unwilling donors.


Directed by: William Beaudine
Copyright MCMXLIII [1943]
Favorite Films Corp. presents/Banner Productions
Produced by: Sam Katzman, Jack Dietz
Associate Producer: Barney A. Sarecky
Screenplay by: Barney Sarecky
Original Story by: Karl Brown [They Creep in the Dark]
Photography: Mack Stengler
Film Editor: Carl Pierson
Musical Director: Edward Kay
Sound Engineer: Glen Glenn
Art Director: David Milton

Bela Lugosi (Dr James Brewster)
Louise Currie (Billie Mason)
Wallace Ford (Jefferson ‘Jeff' Carter)
Henry Hall (Dr George Randall)
Minerva Urecal (Agatha Brewster)
Emil Van Horn (the ape)
J. Farrell MacDonald (Police Captain Ryan)
Wheeler Oakman (Detective Brady)
Ralph Littlefield (Zippo)
Jack Mulhall (reporter)
Charles Jordan (Detective O'Toole)

Alternative Titles

The Gorilla Strikes – working title
Lock Your Doors
L'uomo scimmia
– Italian title

Return of the Ape Man (1944)

Extracts included in
Horrible Horror (1986)



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.6 p.56
  • Filmfax no.61 (June/July 1997) pp.26 – 27 – illustrated review (by Scott MacGillivray)
  • Variety vol.148 no.11 (18 November 1942) p.22 – note (Title changes)


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror (2nd edition) by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.81 – review, credits
  • Hoffman's Guide to Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.25 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films: A Checklist by Donald C. Willis p.26 – credits
  • The Horror Film Handbook by Alan Frank p.14 – review, credits
  • The Monogram Checklist: The Films of Monogram Pictures Corporation, 1931-1952 by Ted Okuda pp.156-157 – illustrated credits, synopsis, release date
  • Poverty Row Horrors! by Tom Weaver – article
  • by Walt Lee p.15 – credits
  • Science Fiction Film Source Book by David Wingrove p.28 – credits