The Monster and the Girl

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"LOOSE! and thirsting for revenge...a huge gorilla with a human brain!"
  • Passed
  • 1941
  • 1 hr 5 min
  • 6.0  (734)

The Monster and the Girl is a 1941 horror and crime film directed by Stuart Heisler. The movie stars Ellen Drew, Robert Paige, and Paul Lukas in the lead roles. The plot of the movie revolves around a young woman, Susan (played by Ellen Drew), whose brother is murdered by a gangster named Dynamite (played by Joseph Calleia). Susan's father is a policeman who is unable to bring Dynamite to justice. As a result, Susan decides to take matters into her own hands and seek revenge on Dynamite.

Meanwhile, a scientist named Dr. Parry (played by George Zucco) is conducting experiments on a gorilla in his laboratory. One day, the gorilla escapes from the laboratory and goes on a rampage, killing several people. The police are on the hunt for the gorilla, but they are unable to capture it.

Susan comes across the gorilla and decides to take it in as a pet. She names the gorilla Gigantic and raises it like a human being. However, she soon discovers that Gigantic is the same gorilla that has been causing havoc in the city.

Susan realizes that she can use Gigantic to exact her revenge on Dynamite. She trains the gorilla to attack Dynamite and his men. The gorilla successfully kills Dynamite, but Susan is caught by the police and is taken to trial.

At the trial, Susan's father reveals that Dynamite was responsible for her brother's murder. The court finds Susan not guilty due to the circumstances surrounding her actions.

The Monster and the Girl is an interesting combination of horror and crime genres. The movie has a unique storyline, which is both thrilling and suspenseful. The performances by the lead actors are noteworthy, especially Ellen Drew who gives a convincing portrayal of a woman seeking revenge.

The special effects used to create the gorilla are impressive, considering the limitations of technology in the early 1940s. The gorilla appears realistic and menacing, which adds to the intensity of the movie.

The film also touches upon themes of justice, revenge, and morality. Susan's actions are driven by her desire for revenge, but she ultimately learns that violence begets violence. The movie delivers a powerful message about the consequences of taking the law into one's own hands.

Overall, The Monster and the Girl is a timeless classic of the horror and crime genres. It is an entertaining film that leaves a lasting impression on its viewers.

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    6.0  (734)