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The Monster and the Girl is basically a film noir that they stuck a tiny amount of science fiction into. You could easily make the same movie with the brother somehow escaping the hangman and coming back to exact revenge in a more conventional way. The plot is very straightforward, although a bit seedier than most movies of the era, and takes a long time to really get going. And just when it's starting to get interesting, it's over.
On the plus side, the gorilla suit is excellent. It helps that he's always lurking in the shadows but, still, it's an outstanding gorilla suit. Also there are some very good performances, especially the comic relief characters.
George Zucco is typically good as the maddish scientist, and the villains, especially Paul Lukas, are appropriately villainous. What is truly surprising is how good Charles Gemora is as the ape; though obviously limited by the monkey suit he wears, he makes for a most convincing and expressive simian. Stuart Heisler's direction is lively and totally committed; his work gives no sign that he is not approaching this story with total seriousness, and he's aided by good atmospheric contributions from Victor Milner.
Certainly not the signature achievement of early 1940s horror films, this is still a fun offering with a great sense of mood and an oddball plotline that stands out amongst the more rote stories that populate much of the genre movies of this era.
Checked this out after hearing Joe Dante talk about it on Rupert Pupkin's interview for the GGTMC podcast. The other stuff on his list is well worth seeing as well: http://rupertpupkinspeaks.blogspot.com/2010/10/10-of-joe-dantes-favorite-underrated.html
This begins promisingly with a portentous, third-person monologue by Ellen Drew, straight into camera among a misty backdrop reminiscent of the afterlife. She calls herself a "bad luck penny" and vaguely refers to her fall from grace, fun stuff. What follows is a mix of courtroom drama comedy and sub-Hitch wrong man scenario, involving some forced vaudevillean jokes and minor characters of indeterminately ethnic hilarity.
George Zucco (Voodoo Man, Having Wonderful Crime) is well typecast in the mad doc role, and when he transplants the brain of Ellen's beau into an ape - this is where the mild noir tone shifts a little more towards the weird, as he returns to her bedside. There he is met by a dutiful pooch who not only wants to return his hat, but ends up assisting his at first haphazard revenge.
The high-angle pursuit scenes, cutting between the eager pup and giant ape are pretty entertaining, especially after all of the previous filler. You probably shouldn't go to lengths in tracking this down or make it a top priority. It's not worth an over-priced VHS purchase from Amazon, especially since they nearly removed their 'VHS' search tab. But it is good fun, and after it gets going, makes for an enjoyable time.
Made in 1941.After a young woman is coerced into prostitution and her brother Scott is framed for murder by an organized crime syndicate,A mad scientist uses his brain to transplant it into a gorilla. After the operation Scot wakes up in the body of a gorilla, eager to get his revenge. Bizzare but entertaining thriller from Universal hardly a Monster Movie,The Gorilla is the hero of the film.I'm pretty sure i've seen something familiar to this film before,anyway its not a bad film just average.