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Very boring. Doesn't live up to it's fun premise.
Though it clearly defies reason, the lively thriller has a fine sinister performance by Carradine and a crazy tale to spin that is strangely palpable. There's lots ofÂ recycled footage of Clyde Beatty from the 1932's The Big Cage, where he's taming the big cats.
No, this is not 50 Shades of Gray. It's actually Universal's attempt to launch a female lead in horror films, the Ape Woman. They managed to make three forgettable films in this series. It should be considered a sin that they tried to turn the beautiful actress Acquanetta into a female version of Wolfman or Mr. Hyde. Too much lion tamer and circus footage as well.
This movie is like Frankenstein's monster, a half-dead thing sewn together with real footage and sequences from another film. It's barely over an hour long, and in reality it doesn't have enough stuff to adequately fill that space. Still, enjoyed for what it is- a strange Universal B-movie about a doctor who turns a gorilla into a beautiful, wild, temperamental mute woman- it really kind of works. The movie had me at John Carradine. He really is an extraordinary actor, and to see him given a role like this and turn it into something wholly of his own creation is a pretty invigorating experience. He is sadistic and suave, and he runs circles around Milburn Stone, who plays the film's leading man. But poor Acquanetta; it appears as though this film basically started and ended her career as an exotic object. One can't help but see an emptiness in her eyes here that must go beyond the role, as if she is looking into a Hollywood that will discard her as soon as it has no more need for captive wild women.
Made in 1943.A Mad scientist (who else?) embarks in an experiment to turn a Gorilla into a Human.Daft Science Fiction horror which is only mildly entertaining thanks to the casting of John Carradine+Evelyn Ankers,it does have its moments but its very mediocre at best.
A mad doctor using gland therapy transforms a gorilla into a beautiful woman. She's then used to help control jungle cats in a circus act. It was ridiculous, but pretty fun.
Absolute rubbish. The majority of the film consisted of scene after scene of lion/tiger taming with incessant roaring from the big cats and crude circus music. Carradine is fine as the mad scientist and the Wolfman style transformation from gorilla into pretty girl is done with Jack Pierce's customary style, but there is little else to recommend inthis tiresome film.
A pretty basic Grade-B horror movie. The animal footage does pack a good punch though and is even frightening just because of how real it is. Acquanetta still can't act but is placed in a role where her dead expressions become an asset.
While rather idiotic in a lot of ways, it is much better than alot of movies of it's kind. You can tell Universal wanted to make this into a series and for this to be their female monster. While that didn't happen it look at times like they cared. Carradine and Ankers both turn in good genre performances and Acquanetta looks good at least. It isn't a classic, but it has it moments.