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The Monster and the Girl (1941)

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One of the most schizophrenic films ever to come out of the Paramount "B" mill, The Monster and the Girl starts out as a white-slavery melodrama and ends up as a horror picture! Emerging from the fog, heroine Susan Webster (Ellen Drew) tells her woeful tale to the audience. A young innocent from The Sticks, Susan arrives in New York to seek work as an actress, but instead is tricked into a sham marriage with Larry Reed (Robert Paige). Awakening "the morning after", Susan is informed that her missing husband is not her husband, and that, as a fallen woman, there is only one avenue of livelihood open to her-as one of the "paid hostesses" in the stable of gangster Bruhl (Joseph Calleia). Learning of his sister's plight, church organist Scot Webster (Philip Reed) shows up in town to set things right, only to be framed for murder by Bruhl and his mob. After his execution, Scot's body is appropriated by mad scientist Dr. Parry (George Zucco), who hopes to transplant the dead man's brain into the body of a gorilla. Driven by impulses it can't resist, the big ape escapes from his cage to kill off all those responsible for Susan's ruin and Scot's death. Undeniably fascinating, The Monster and the Girl is also undeniably silly at times, especially in the opening scenes, in which the censor-plagued screenwriters work overtime not to overtly state that Susan Daniels has been forced into prostitution.

Cast

Ellen Drew
as Susan Webster
Robert Paige
as Larry Reed
Paul Lukas
as W.S. Bruhl
Rod Cameron
as Sam Daniels
Onslow Stevens
as McMasters
George Zucco
as Dr. Parry
Phillip Terry
as Scott Webster
Tom Dugan
as Capt. Alton
Willard Robertson
as Lt. Strickland
Minor Watson
as Judge Pulver
George Meader
as Dr. Knight
Cliff Edwards
as Leon Stokes
Corbet Morris
as Claude Winters
Maynard Holmes
as Tim Harper
Harry C. Bradley
as Rev. Russell
Emma Dunn
as Aunt Della
Sammy Blum
as Popcorn Vendor
John Dilson
as Employment Clerk
John Bleifer
as Janitor
Jayne Hazard
as Party Girl
Matty Fain
as Wade Stanton
Al Seymour
as Henchman
Bud Jamison
as Tim the Doorman
Paul McVey
as Monarch Hotel Clerk
Oscar Smith
as Bootblack
Al Hill
as Bruhl's Chauffeur
Emmett Vogan
as Apartment Manager
Dave Willock
as Charlie the Photographer
Anne O'Neal
as Miss Julia
Eleanor Wesselhoeft
as Elderly Housekeeper
Emory Parnell
as Dumb Cop
Fern Emmett
as Woman Organizer
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