The Mad Ghoul (1943)

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

An American horror film directed by James P. Hogan.

Plot Summary

A scientist uses an ancient Mayan on his young assistant, turning him into a zombie-like ghoul that needs human in order to survive.


Directed by: James P. Hogan
Copyright MCMXLIII [1943] by Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Universal presents
Associate Producer: Benjamin Pivar [real name: Ben Pivar]
Screenplay: Brenda Weisberg, Paul Gangelin
Original Story: Hans Kraly [real name: Hanns Kräly]
Director of Photography: Milton Krasner
Film Editor: Milton Carruth
Musical Director: H.J. Salter
Sound Director: Bernard B. Brown
Western Electric Recording
Gowns: Vera West
Special Make Up: Jack P. Pierce *
Art Direction: John B. Goodman, Martin Obzina

David Bruce (Ted Allison)
Evelyn Ankers (Isabel Lewis)
George Zucco (Dr Alfred Morris)
Robert Armstrong (‘Scoop' McClure)
Turhan Bey (Eric Iverson)
Milburn Stone (Sergeant Macklin)

Alternative Titles

Mystery of the Ghoul – working title



  • Kine Weekly no.2027 (21 February 1946) – review


  • The Horror Factory by Bruce Dettman and Michael Bedford pp.145-146 – article
  • by Walt Lee p.274 – credits
  • Universal Horrors by Michael Brunas, John Brunas, Tom Weaver – article
  • Universal Studios Monsters: A Legacy of Horror by Michael Mallory pp.189-190 – illustrated article