The Undying Monster (1942)

60m35mm film, black and white
mono, English

An American horror film directed by John Brahm.

Plot Summary

According to local legend, the Hammond family, owners of a large coastal manor, have been the victims of an ancient curse that takes effect on certain frost-bitten nights, with those taking a shortcut through the manor grounds falling victim to it.


Directed by: John Brahm
Copyright MCMXLII by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Twentieth Century-Fox presents
Released through Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Executive Producer: William Goetz [uncredited]
Produced by: Bryan Foy
Screen Play by: Lillie Hayward and Michael Jacoby
From the Novel by: Jessie Douglas Kerruish
Director of Photography: Lucien Ballard
Film Editor: Harry Reynolds
Music: Emil Newman, David Raksin
Sound: George Leverett, Harry M. Leonard
Western Electric Recording
Costumes: Billy Livingston
Art Directors: Richard Day, Lewis Creber

James Ellison (Robert Curtis)
Heather Angel (Helga Hammond)
John Howard (Oliver Hammond)
Bramwell Fletcher (Dr Jeff Colbert)
Heather Thatcher (Cornelia Christopher)
Aubrey Mather (Inspector Craig)
Halliwell Hobbes (Walton)
Eily Malyon [Mrs Walton – uncredited]
Charles Crisp [groomsman – uncredited]
Heather Wilde [Millie the new maid – uncredited]
Matthew Boulton [coroner – uncredited]
Alec Craig [Will – uncredited]
Holmes Herbert [Chief Constable – uncredited]
Clive Morgan [Foster – uncredited]
David Thursby [Craig's assistant – uncredited]
Donald Stuart [Charlie Clagpool – uncredited]
John Rogers [Tom Clagpool – uncredited]
Virginia Traxler [Kate O'Malley – uncredited]
Douglas Gerrard [jury foreman – uncredited]
Harry Carter [Warren – uncredited]

Alternative Titles

The Hammond Mystery – UK title

Extracts included in
Wolfman Chronicles (1991)


Classic Movie Monsters by Don Glut pp.54-56 review
by Walt Lee p.512 – credits
Unsung Horrors by Eric McNaughton & Darrell Buxton (eds) pp.342-343 – illustrated review (by Darrell Buxton)