The Ape Man
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Title: The Ape Man
Directed by: William Beaudine
Written by: Karl Brown
Produced by: Jack Dietz; Sam Katzman; Barney A. Sarecky
Cinematography: Mack Stengler
Edited by: Carl Pierson
Distributed by: Banner Productions
Monogram Pictures
Released: March 5th, 1943
Rating: Approved
Running time: 64 min.
Country: USA
Language: English
Next: Return of the Ape Man (1944)

The Ape Man is an American feature film of the "monster" and science fiction subgenres. It was directed by William Beaudine with a screenplay written by Karl Brown, based upon a story treatment by Brown. The film was produced by Monogram Pictures and Banner Productions and was released in the United States on March 5th, 1943. The Ape Man stars Bela Lugosi as Doctor James Brewster - a scientist who uses spinal fluid from a gorilla to transform himself into a murderous ape man (like you do).

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Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This film is based on the story "They Creep in the Dark" by Karl Brown.
  • The Ape Man is in the public domain.
  • The tagline for this film is, "No one is safe from the cruel desires of this inhuman fiend!"
  • This film is included on the King of Kong Island and Other Ape Flicks 3-disc DVD collection.
  • Screenplay writer Barney A. Sarecky is credited as Barney Sarecky in this film.
  • Actress Amelita Ward was originally tapped to play Billie Mason, but was replaced by Louise Currie. [3]
  • Actor Charlie Hall is uncredited for his participation in this film.
  • Actor George Kirby is uncredited for his participation in this film.
  • Actor Ray Miller is uncredited for his participation in this film.
  • Actor Ernest Morrison is uncredited for his participation in this film.
  • Actor William Ruhl is uncredited for his participation in this film.
  • Actor Ralph Littlefield's character is unidentified in this film. Publicity material as well as various internet sources credit the character as "Zippo", though he is never identified as such in the film itself.
  • The Ape Man represents just one more turn in the ever-churning downward spiral of Bela Lugosi's career, as each that he appears in for Monogram Pictures appears to be more demeaning than the previous. As film historian Tom Weaver once put it, "Despite their ruinous effects on Lugosi's career, had these Monogram pictures been made without him, they would not merit discussion today". [4]

Recommendations[edit | edit source]

1940s films

Bela Lugosi films

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Keywords[edit | edit source]

Ape | Butler | Detective | Doctor | Editor | Laboratory | Mad scientist |Monster | Photographer | Reporter | Scientific experimentation | Scientist

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