The Mad Monster (1942)

USA, 1942
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Sam Newfield.

Plot Summary

Dr Cameron invents a serum which turns his gardener Petro into a wolf-man who he uses to murder the men he holds responsible for his professional disgrace.


Directed by: Sam Newfield
Copyrighted MCMXLII [1942] by Producers Releasing Corporation of America
Producers Releasing Corporation presents a Producers Releasing Corporation picture
Produced by: Sigmund Neufeld
Production Manager: Bert Sternbach
Original Screen Play by: Fred Myton
Assistant Director: Melville De Lay
Director of Photography: Jack Greenhalgh
Film Editor: Holbrook N. Todd
Music by: David Chudnow
Sound Engineer: Hans Weeren
RCA Sound System
Makeup Artist: Harry Ross
Special Effects: Gene Stone
Art Director: Fred Preble

Johnny Downs (Tom Gregory)
George Zucco (Dr [Lorenzo] Cameron)
Anne Nagel (Lenora [Cameron])
Glenn Strange (Petro)
Sarah Padden (grandmother)
Gordon Demain (Professor Fitzgerald)
Mae Busch (the mother)
Reginald Barlow (Professor Warwick)
Robert Strange (Professor Blaine)
Henry Hall (country doctor)
Edward Cassidy (father)
Eddie Holden ([Jed] Harper)
John Elliott (Professor Hatfield)
Charles Whitaker (policeman [Officer Dugan])
Gil Patric (lieutenant detective)

Alternative Titles

The Mad Monsters – working title
Mostro pazzo – Italy

Extracts included in
Wolfman Chronicles (1991)



  • Poverty Row Horrors! by Tom Weaver – article
  • Recovering 1940s Horror Cinema: Traces of a Lost Decade by Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare, Charlie EllbĂ© and Kristopher Woofter (eds.) pp.261, 264-272
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.275 – credits