The Monkey’s Paw (1932)

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

An American horror film directed by Wesley Ruggles.

Plot Summary

A couple wish their recently deceased son back to life using a magic monkey's paw with tragic results.


Director: Wesley Ruggles
RKO Radio Pictures
Producers: Pandro S. Berman, Merian C. Cooper
Screenplay: Graham John
Based on the short story by W.W. Jacobs
Directors of Photography: Edward Cronjager, Jack MacKenzie, J.O. Taylor, Leo Tover
2nd Unit Director of Photography: Jack MacKenzie
Assistant Camera: Joseph F. Biroc
Editor: Charles L. Kimball
Musical Director: Max Steiner
Make-up Artists: J. Baker, Sam Kaufman, Mae Mark
Special Effects: Linwood G. Dunn, Lloyd Knechtel, Harry Redmond Sr, Vernon L. Walker
Art Director: Carroll Clark
Set Decorations: Thomas Little

C. Aubrey Smith (Sgt. Maj. Morris)
Ivan Simpson (Mr White)
Louise Carter (Mrs White)
Bramwell Fletcher (Herbert)
Betty Lawford (Rose)
Winter Hall (Mr Hartigan)
Herbert Bunston (Sampson)
Nina Quartero (Nura)
Leroy Mason (Afghan)



  • American Cinematographer vol.66 no.11 (November 1985) pp.34-40 – illustrated article
  • The Cinema Booking Guide Supplement vol.2 no.8 (April 1933) p.17 – review
  • The Picturegoer vol.3 no.108 (17 June 1933) p.20 – review