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The Monster Maker

USA 1944
produced by
Sigmund Neufeld for PRC
directed by Sam Newfield
starring J. Carrol Naish, Ralph Morgan, Tala Birell, Wanda McKay, Terry Frost, Glenn Strange, Alexander Pollard, Sam Flint, Ace the Wonder Dog, and as gorilla Ray Corrigan (= Ray 'Crash' Corrigan)
story by Lawrence Williams, screenplay by Pierre Gendron, Martin Mooney, music by Albert Glasser

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Patricia Lawrence (Wanda McKay) is the splitting image of Doctor Igor Markoff's (J.Carrol Naish) deceased wife - which is why he decides to court her, not only to the dismay of his assistant Maxine (Tala Birell), who's (not so) secretly in love with him, but also to the dismay of Pat herself, her fiancé Bob (Terry Frost) and especially her concert pianist father (Ralph Morgan), who even stops over Markoff's place to threaten him. But Markoff is of course a scientist of the mad variety, so he infects Lawrence with acromegaly - a glandular disorder that causes unproportional growth of the extremities and might lead to madness and death. Then he sends Lawrence home and leaves his daughter alone, knowing that he will have to return because Markoff is the only authority in (and has the only cure for) acromegaly - under Markoff's conditions that include him being married to Patricia.

In the finale, Markoff has Lawrence strapped down to an operating table, and Patricia already within his grasp when Lawrence manages to free himself and attack Markoff - who in the ensuing struggle accidently shoots himself with his own gun. Maxine, who has since fallen out with Markoff, ultimately saves the day by treating Lawrence to an anti-acromegaly injection ...

Ace the Wonder Dog plays the pet dog that saves Maxine from Markoff's lab gorilla (Ray 'Crash' Corrigan), Glenn Strange plays Markoff's other assistant.

 


Of course, this film is utter nonsense from beginning to end - but endearingly so: There is something about the movie's silly plot, its unpretentious direction, low budget sets and primitive effects that makes it an enjoyable piece of pulp horror nostalgia. Not a great film by any means, I feel obliged to add, but if you're in the mood for less-than-perfect B-movie entertainment (and who isn't?), you'll probably like this one.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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