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Night Monster (1942)

Passed | | Adventure, Drama, Horror | 20 October 1942 (USA)
Kurt Ingston, a rich recluse, invites the doctors who left him a hopeless cripple to his desolate mansion in the swamps as one by one they meet horrible deaths.

Director:

Ford Beebe

Writer:

Clarence Upson Young (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bela Lugosi ... Rolf
Lionel Atwill ... Dr. King
Leif Erickson ... Laurie (as Leif Erikson)
Irene Hervey ... Dr. Lynne Harper
Ralph Morgan ... Kurt Ingston
Don Porter ... Dick Baldwin
Nils Asther ... Agor Singh
Fay Helm ... Margaret Ingston
Frank Reicher ... Dr. Timmons
Doris Lloyd ... Sarah Judd
Francis Pierlot Francis Pierlot ... Dr. Phipps
Robert Homans ... Constable Cap Beggs
Janet Shaw ... Milly Carson
Eddy Waller ... Jed Harmon
Cyril Delevanti ... Torque
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Dr. Lynn Harper, psychologist, has been called out to the old Ingston Mansion, a dark and mysterious place with a very bad reputation, in order to make an assessment of the sanity of Margaret Ingston, daughter of patriarch Kurt Ingston. She claims to be sane, but she is clearly very disturbed; we can't be certain, although the doctor gives her a clean bill of health. But then Dick Baldwin shows up on the scene, just when Dr. Lynne has been receiving thinly veiled threats from the inhabitants of the house. He's our hero. Three medical doctors have been invited out to the mansion as well, Dr. Timmons, Dr. Phipps and the sleazy Dr. King (Lionel Atwill). One by one the doctors are mysteriously murdered. Dick Baldwin must figure out who is doing the killings, and he must do so before whoever it is can kill his new love interest, Dr. Lynne Harper. But the only one he can trust is Kurt Ingston himself, since Ingston has no legs and can't have perpetrated these murders. Is it sinister Rolf, ... Written by Jim Knoppow

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NIGHT MONSTER with Mystery's Greatest Thrill Team: Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House of Mystery See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Universal Pictures production number 1256. See more »

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Dick's pipe when he and Dr Harker are driving to the mansion. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Lynne Harper: My study of the mind has convinced me how little we know of its powers.
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Someone or something is murdering the staff and guests at the Ingston Estate
14 September 2015 | by snicewangerSee all my reviews

There is a monstrous killer roaming the grounds of the estate of wealthy Kurt Ingston, but the most logical suspect has the perfect alibi. He is a bed ridden triple amputee who couldn't possible move about to commit the murders, or could he? The only clue is a look of horror transfixed on the faces of the victims. The residents and staff of the mansion seem to know a lot more than they are willing to tell.Only Ingstons sister Margaret is willing to tell what she knows about the mystery but Ingstons loyal housekeeper keeps her locked away claiming that she is insane. A mysterious Indian swami is a guest of Ingstons and is there to teach Ingston some mind control techniques to help him better deal with his physical disability. How much does he really know about the murders? Meanwhile the body count is rolling up.Its up to mystery writer Dick Baldwin and psychiatrist Dr Lynn Harper to discover the identity of the mysterious murderer before they become his next victims.

Night Monster was released in October of 1942 and was a success for Universal Studios. Director Ford Beebe had been around since before WWI and knew how to make a solid "B" picture.He masterfully guides a solid cast to create a very engrossing story. Night Monster is suspenseful and atmospheric if not a bit disappointing in the end. It's oblivious who the killer really is. It's just a question of how he is able to carry out his deeds. The show piece of the picture, when the yogi Agor Singh demonstrates his matter projection techniques demonstrates how the murderer is able to function The failure of the screenplay to properly utilize the talents of it's two top billed stars has been discussed by other reviewers. I will just say that the miscasting of both Atwill and Lugosi keeps Night Monster from being the classic horror mystery it could have been instead of the entertaining but predictable film that it is.


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