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The Undying Monster (The Hammond Mystery) (1942)





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One of two 20th Century-Fox horror melodramas released in 1942 (Dr. Renault's Secret was the second), The Undying Monster is a well-crafted variation on Universal's "Wolf Man" series. Ever since the suicide of its patriarch, the Hammonds, an old and wealthy English family has seemingly lived under a curse. When a number of murders occur on the Hammond estate, Scotland Yard inspector Bob Curtis (James Ellison) and his garrulous female assistant Christy (Heather Thatcher) are sent out to investigate. Everyone on the premises-Helga Hammond (Heather Angel), her brother Oliver (John Howard), family doctor Geoffrey Covert (Bramwell Fletcher), family servants Mr. and Mrs. Walton (Halliwell Hobbes and Eily Malyon)-seems to know more than he or she is letting on. Only in the final few minutes of the film is the horrible family secret revealed and the murderer dispensed with. Atmospherically directed by John Brahm on several impressive standing sets (that gigantic stained-glass window is a knockout!), The Undying Monster is a model "B" picture, hampered only by Heather Thatcher's intrusive comedy relief.
Classics , Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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James Ellison
as Robert Curtis
Heather Angel
as Helga Hammond
John Howard
as Oliver Hammond
Bramwell Fletcher
as Dr. Jeff Colbert
Aubrey Mather
as Inspector Craig
Eily Malyon
as Mrs. Walton
Heather Wilde
as Millie
Charles McGraw
as Stredwick
Alec Craig
as Will
Holmes Herbert
as Constable
Clive Morgan
as Foster
David Thursby
as Miles McGregor
Donald Stuart
as Charles Clagpool
John Rogers
as Tom Clagpool
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Critic Reviews for The Undying Monster (The Hammond Mystery)

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Superior telling of a werewolf picture.

Full Review… | September 26, 2014
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Audience Reviews for The Undying Monster (The Hammond Mystery)

A paint by numbers Universal monster movie with actors and writers made of wood. Anything cool here can be seen at much better degrees in more famous monster movies of this time period, like, I don't know, THE WOLF MAN?

Bheema Da Cashman
Bheema Da Cashman

Cool werewolf- but he shows up only in the last thirty seconds of this dreary 40's mystery- which stars too many male suspects with pencil thin mustaches. I was asleep in a record 30 seconds.

Jerry Kimbro
Jerry Kimbro

This was a very good-looking film. The plot was utterly predictable, but interesting. Very well shot.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

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