The Ape

Eccentric scientist Boris Karloff's honorable intentions lead to murder and mayhem when a killer ape is on the loose.
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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 1 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: June 4, 2002
  • Originally Released: 1940
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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Click to read the article. Full Review
Jan 1, 2005
Rating: 2/5 -- Great silly premise with Karloff skinning an ape and wearing the suit, but boring.
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Oct 2, 2003
Rating: B- -- Silly as all the other Boris Karloff mad scientist pics, but just as entertaining. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Nov 3, 2009

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The Ape brings together two legends of horror, Frankenstein star Boris Karloff and The Wolf Man writer Curt Siodmak. Karloff stars as Dr. Adrian, a man who becomes obsessed with curing paralysis when he loses his beloved wife and daughter to the disease. Desperately trying to cure a crippled neighbor (Maris Wrixon), he discovers that he needs human spinal fluid for his vaccine - but how to get it? When an ape trainer at a local circus is badly mauled, the doctor allows him to die so that he can tap his spine. The gorilla escapes and goes on a killing spree terrorizing the small town. A cult horror classic, The Ape was Karloff's final film for Monogram.

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An evil doctor, obsessed with curing a young woman of a dreadful disease, goes around injecting people with spinal fluid.


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Not too shabby Movie Lover: from Cerro Gordo IL -- October, 12, 2013

The last film Karloff made for Monogram Films. This one has a captivating plot, and the end may surprise you.

Entertaining enough to hold my interest Movie Lover: from Birmingham, AL US -- December, 26, 2007

Boris Karloff is the reason. The mad doctor kept me watching almost (not quite)on the edge of my seat. I kept wondering, "what in the world is he up too?" Nice movie to watch when you are in the mood for an old black and white Boris Karloff movie and popcorn.

I'll bet you thought only Bela Lugosi made movies like this! Movie Lover: from Benson, AZ -- June, 4, 2004

I find it hard to actually dislike anything done by Boris Karloff (don't ask me about MONSTER OF THE ISLAND therefore) and this Monogram effort has a lot of good intentions. It ultimately succeeds because Boris is the star.
Dr. Adrian (Boris) lost his wife to polio and is now fanatically devoted to finding a cure so he can help a local girl (Maris Wrixon) who is also afflicted. The small town he lives in think he is a little too wierd and everyone avoids him.
One night a wild gorilla escapes from a travelling circus and bursts into Adrian's home. He valiantly kills the beast but insists his housekeeper not tell anyone the ape is dead. Why?
Not too much later the ape goes prowling the streets at night and soon people are turning up dead. Strangely enough all the victims are the "bad" people of the town, a banker who foreclosed on a poverty stricken rancher, a drunk, an abusive husband and so forth. Dr. Adrian soon has all the spinal fluid he needs; but what about the ape? You thought it was dead, right? Did he bring it back to life? And just how did a jungle animal acquire a conscience?
The revelation at the end may or may not surprise you.
Boris also made the "Mr. Wong" series for Monogram in the 40's. They are fun too but this one is exceptionally crazy fun.

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  • UPC: 089218400796
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