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Night Monster (1942)

Passed | | Adventure, Drama, Horror | 20 October 1942 (USA)
Kurt Ingston, a rich recluse, invites the doctors who left him a hopeless cripple to his desolate mansion in the swamps as one by one they meet horrible deaths.

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Ford Beebe

Writer:

Clarence Upson Young (original screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Bela Lugosi ... Rolf
Lionel Atwill ... Dr. King
Leif Erickson ... Laurie (as Leif Erikson)
Irene Hervey ... Dr. Lynne Harper
Ralph Morgan ... Kurt Ingston
Don Porter ... Dick Baldwin
Nils Asther ... Agor Singh
Fay Helm ... Margaret Ingston
Frank Reicher ... Dr. Timmons
Doris Lloyd ... Sarah Judd
Francis Pierlot Francis Pierlot ... Dr. Phipps
Robert Homans ... Constable Cap Beggs
Janet Shaw ... Milly Carson
Eddy Waller ... Jed Harmon
Cyril Delevanti ... Torque
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Dr. Lynn Harper, psychologist, has been called out to the old Ingston Mansion, a dark and mysterious place with a very bad reputation, in order to make an assessment of the sanity of Margaret Ingston, daughter of patriarch Kurt Ingston. She claims to be sane, but she is clearly very disturbed; we can't be certain, although the doctor gives her a clean bill of health. But then Dick Baldwin shows up on the scene, just when Dr. Lynne has been receiving thinly veiled threats from the inhabitants of the house. He's our hero. Three medical doctors have been invited out to the mansion as well, Dr. Timmons, Dr. Phipps and the sleazy Dr. King (Lionel Atwill). One by one the doctors are mysteriously murdered. Dick Baldwin must figure out who is doing the killings, and he must do so before whoever it is can kill his new love interest, Dr. Lynne Harper. But the only one he can trust is Kurt Ingston himself, since Ingston has no legs and can't have perpetrated these murders. Is it sinister Rolf, ... Written by Jim Knoppow

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House of Mystery See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The auto driven by the chauffeur (Leif Erickson) is a Duesenberg, manufactured in Indianapolis, IN. See more »

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We hear Dr Harper's scream on the footbridge but her mouth is closed. See more »

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Const. Cap Beggs: I see it but I still don't believe it.
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Excellent B horror film from Universal
13 October 2010 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Crippled Kurt Ingston (Ralph Morgan) has no arms or legs despite the fact that three doctors tried to save him (from what is never said). He invites all three of them to his creepy estate and says there are no hard feelings...but then the doctors start getting killed and his house is full of suspicious characters.

I caught this on late night TV when I was a kid and remember being pleasurably spooked by it. It's nice to see it still holds up all these years later. First off don't let the top billing of Bela Lugosi and Lionel Atwill fool you--they're hardly in the movie. Lugosi is totally wasted as a sinister butler and Atwill chews the scenery but is gone halfway through the movie. Most of it deals with Morgan and various supporting characters. The good thing is all the supporting actors are interesting and well-acted especially by Leif Erickson as a lecherous chauffeur and Nils Asther as a sinister yogi. The direction is very good and the movie has a nice dark atmosphere. There's a VERY spooky scene where one of the doctors is approached by the killer. Another nice touch is all the frogs and animals in the swamp surrounding the estate go dead quiet when the killer appears. The sudden dead silence is more than a little unnerving. The final sequence when you find out who the killer is doesn't make a lot of sense but the movie is so good that you let that go. A low-budget horror from Universal that is exceptionally well-done. I give it an 8.


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