The Monster (1925)

The Monster (1925)





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It's hard to tell at times whether director Roland West was aiming for laughs or thrills in The Monster, but this ambivalence is all part of the fun. Hallam Cooley and Johnny Arthur, two dumb clerks in Gertrude Olmstead's small-town general store, try to impress Olmstead by joining the sheriff's investigation of a rash of disappearances. The two heroes and heroine discover that a local lunatic asylum has been taken over by mad scientist Lon Chaney, who lures victims into his lair by arranging automobile accidents (it's the old mirror-on-the-highway trick again). Chaney straps poor Olmstead to the operating table, preparing to transform her "immortal soul" to the body of one of his monstrous creations, but Coolley and Arthur come to her rescue. The Monster was based on a play by Crane Wilbur, with a dash of Poe's "Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether" tossed in.
Comedy , Drama , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Lon Chaney
as Dr. Ziska
Gertrude Olmstead
as Betty Wilson
Johnny Arthur
as Johnny Goodlittle
Gertrude Olmsted
as Betty Watson
Hallam Cooley
as Amos Rugg
Charles Sellon
as The Constable
Walter James
as Caliban
Knute Erickson
as Daffy Dan
Ethel Wales
as Mrs. Watson
Edward McWade
as Luke Watson
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Don't you dare call me mad! A store clerk is approached by a beautiful maiden about some strange events going on at an insane asylum. The clerk is in the process of becoming a detective and decides to follow the maiden's nose of possible misdeeds. The clerk and maiden find a crazy, whacked out mad man that has strange creatures in cages that occasionally get out and cause havoc. Can the clerk and maiden bring the mad man down? "Do you know who I am?" "No." "Neither do I?" Roland West, director of Alibi, The Bat, Nobody, The Unknown Purple, Driftwood, The Bat Whispers, and Lost Souls, delivers The Monster. The storyline for this picture is actually very good and delivered in a mysterious and well paced manner. I loved how they rolled out the villain and the acting is very good. The cast includes Lon Chaney, Gertrude Olmstead, Hallam Cooley, and Johnny Arthur. "I can't do anything until my detective diploma comes in...then I'll show them!" I DVR'd this film off Turner Classic Movies (TCM) this past Halloween season. I am a huge Lon Chaney fan; but even as a fan, I was pleasantly surprised by his magnificent performance in this picture. His character was very unpredictable and well delivered. He kept the film intense and filled with drama. This is definitely a classic film worth your time. "Sometimes he gets out...does terrible things..." Grade: B+

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

A generic "mad scientist" plot, and the ghoulish, hooded henchman is a more interesting villain than Chaney's own character. A film better suited for horror-movie historians than Chaney fans.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

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