The Monster and the Girl (1941)

65m, 1770 metres
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American horror film by Stuart Heisler.

Plot Summary

Framed for the murder of a gangster threatening his sister, Scot Webster is tried, found guilty and sentenced to death. But he gets a chance at revenge when his brain is transplanted into the body of a gorilla by a mad scientist.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Stuart Heisler
Copyright MCMXL [1940] by Paramount Pictures Inc.
A Paramount picture. Paramount presents
Producer: Jack Moss *
Original Screen Play by: Stuart Anthony
Director of Photography: Victor Milner
Edited by: Everett Douglas
Music: Gerard Carbonara *
Stock Music: John Leipold *
Musical Direction: Sigmund Krumgold
Sound Recording by: Harry Mills, John Cope
Western Electric Mirrorphonic
Art Direction: Hans Dreier, Haldane Douglas

Ellen Drew (Susan Webster)
Robert Paige (Larry Reed)
Paul Lukas (W. S. Bruhl)
Joseph Calleia (‘Deacon')
Onslow Stevens (J. Stanley McMasters)
George Zucco (Dr Perry)
Rod Cameron (Sam Daniels)
Phillip Terry (Scot Webster)
Marc Lawrence (Sleeper)
Gerald Mohr (Munn)
Tom Dugan (Captain Alton)
Willard Robertson (Lieutenant Strickland)
Minor Watson (Judge Pulver)
George F. Meader (Dr Knight)
Cliff Edwards (Leon Stokes)
Skipper the dog

Alternative Titles

The Avenging Brain



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.19 p.40
  • Kinematograph Weekly no.1802 (30 October 1941)
  • Monsters from the Vault no. 10 (Winter/Spring 2000) pp.6-14 (USA), – article (A walk in the dark by Steve Kronenberg and Tom Weaver)
  • Monsters from the Vault vol. 6 no. 13 (2001) pp.26-36 – article (Gemora the invincible by Bob Burns and Tom Weaver)
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.142 no.7 (15 February 1941)
  • Today's Cinema vol.57 no.4638 (24 October 1941)


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.77
  • Censored Screams: The British Ban on Hollywood Horror in the Thirties by Tom Johnson pp.xi, 160 – notes
  • Feature Films, 1940-1949: A United States Filmography by Alan G. Fetrow p.319
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.98 – credits, review
  • Recovering 1940s Horror Cinema: Traces of a Lost Decade by Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare, Charlie Ellbé and Kristopher Woofter (eds.) pp.264, 276-277, 280, 282-289, 290n11
  • by Walt Lee p.312 – credits
  • Vintage Science Fiction Films, 1896-1949 by Michael Benson p.165