The Ape (1940) [Horror] [Action]

The Ape is a 1940 American horror film made for Monogram Pictures, co-written by Curt Siodmak and starring Boris Karloff.

Dr. Bernard Adrian is a kindly mad scientist who seeks to cure a young woman’s polio. He needs spinal fluid from a human to complete the formula for his experimental serum. Meanwhile, a vicious circus ape has broken out of its cage, and is terrorizing the townspeople.

The Ape eventually breaks into Dr. Adrian’s lab. The Doctor manages to kill it before any harm can come to himself. However, the spinal fluids he requires to perform his experiments have all been destroyed during the struggle between him and the Ape.
Doctor Adrian then concocts an idea: he will tear off the ape’s flesh and use its skin to disguise himself as the escaped circus animal and murder townspeople in order to extract their spinal fluid. Thus the murders will be blamed on the Ape and he, himself, will manage to avoid any suspicion. However, one of his attacks towards the film’s end is unsuccessful; he is fatally knifed and the Ape’s “true identity” is revealed.

Directed and produced by William Nigh, written by Adam Shirk, Curt Siodmak and Richard Carroll, starring Boris Karloff, Maris Wrixon and Gene O’Donnell

Source: “The Ape” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.. 21 June 2012. Web. 20 July 2012.

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22 Replies to “The Ape (1940) [Horror] [Action]”

  1. KARLOFF – no matter the budget or script limitations, Boris gave it 100 percent. Oh, by the way, Maris Wrixon was very lovely. (The opening credits and music score was more appropriate for a The Stooges short.)

  2. Pretty run of the mill and cheesy for a golden age monster movie, but Karloff makes it better. It could be the shittiest movie ever, but if it has Karloff, his performance would stand out, and better the film.

  3. I love this movie, too. Seems like the circus music for the opening titles could have had a more appropriate, ominous, horror feel to it, but it is a low budget quickie after all. Silly fun.

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