Day 24 – The Ape Man (1943)

The Ape Man posterDay 24: The Ape Man (1943)
Cast:      Bela Lugosi as Dr. James Brewster
Louise Currie as Billie Mason
Wallace Ford as Jeff Carter

Story by Karl Brown
Screenplay by Barney Sarecky
Directed by William Beaudine (Ghosts on the Loose)

Plot: Dr. James Brewster has been conducting strange gland experiments involving the spinal fluid of apes. In speeding up the process, he injects himself with the spinal fluid and accidently turned himself into a half-man, half-ape creature. Now, in hopes of curing himself, he is in search of spinal fluid donors with the help of his gorilla sidekick.

Ape Man 1Personal Thoughts: As much as I wanted to enjoy this one, I really didn’t. Lugosi looks good as the ape creature but the plot doesn’t make sense. We never discover what Dr. Brewster was hoping to accomplish with his experiments. He seems happy once he regains his posture and doesn’t seem to mind that he still looks the same. The makeup does resemble his appearance in Island of Lost Souls. The film is crudely shot and, worst of all, just isn’t much fun to watch. This was a low moment in Lugosi’s career. At least we got a fun gorilla suit to look at every now and then.


  • The sixth of Lugosi’s nine Monogram poverty row movies.
  • Originally titled The Gorilla Strikes.
  • Considered by many to be one of the more ridiculous movies Lugosi made.
  • On the other hand, author Tom Weaver states that this is one of Lugosi’s most enjoyable of the bad films he made.

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