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The Undying Monster (1942)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 27 November 1942 (USA)
Surviving members of an aristocratic English family are threatened by a legendary monster when they venture out on chilly, foggy nights.

Director:

John Brahm

Writers:

Lillie Hayward (screenplay), Michael Jacoby (screenplay) (as Michel Jacoby) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Ellison ... Robert Curtis
Heather Angel ... Helga Hammond
John Howard ... Oliver Hammond
Bramwell Fletcher ... Dr. Jeff Colbert
Heather Thatcher ... Christy
Aubrey Mather ... Inspector Craig
Halliwell Hobbes ... Walton, the Butler
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Storyline

A werewolf prowls around at night but only kills certain members of one family. It seems like just a coincidence but the investigating Inspector soon finds out that this tradition has gone on for generations and tries to find a link between the werewolf and the family, leading to a frightening conclusion. Written by Graeme Huggan <hia95gh@sheffield.ac.uk>

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HORROR to make you GASP! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Segredo do Monstro See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Charles McGraw. NOTE: Though he specialized in playing tough guys--usually cops or criminals--here in his film debut he plays a British horse groom. See more »

Goofs

As the werewolf carries the unconscious Helga along the rocky coastline, she bends her legs to avoid hitting the rocks. See more »

Quotes

Robert 'Bob' Curtis: [in the crypt] Everyone seems to be resting in peace.
Dr. Jeff Colbert: [sardonically] By daylight, at least.
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Connections

Featured in Concerto Macabre: The Films of John Brahm (2007) See more »

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Not For All Tastes
15 August 2002 | by Bucs1960See all my reviews

With a little over an hour's running time, this film is one of a number of very short,second features that were made in abundance during the forties. Always in black and white, they starred familiar faces that never really made it to the "A" list (with a few exceptions). They also featured players on their way down. Heather Angel, who was the female support in the classic "The Informer", was reduced to starring in programmers like this one. Be that as it may, this film is a step above most second features. The cinematography is good......eerie and fog shrouded (maybe to hide lack of sets). The actors all rise to the occasion and are generally quite good. There is a little too much forced humor which is out of place in the context of the story. I never knew why they insisted on doing that......many a good "B" picture was ruined by injecting unfunny schtick in otherwise dramatic stories. No guts and gore here....just a compact, tight storyline about a family curse which appears to be coming true. It won't keep you guessing but it will keep you interested throughout and is one to watch on a rainy Saturday afternoon. I think you'll enjoy it.


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