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The Monster (1925)

Passed | | Comedy, Horror, Mystery | 16 March 1925 (USA)
A meek clerk who doubles as an amateur detective investigates some very strange goings-on at a remote mental sanitarium.

Director:

Roland West

Writers:

Roland West (stage production), Crane Wilbur (stage play) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lon Chaney ... Dr. Ziska
Gertrude Olmstead ... Betty Watson
Hallam Cooley ... Watson's Head Clerk
Johnny Arthur ... The Under Clerk
Charles Sellon ... The Constable (as Charles A. Sellon)
Walter James Walter James ... Caliban
Knute Erickson ... Daffy Dan
Frank Austin ... Rigo (as George Austin)
Edward McWade ... Luke Watson
Ethel Wales ... Mrs. Watson
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Storyline

A general store clerk and aspiring detective investigates a mysterious disappearance that took place quite close to an empty insane asylum... Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1925 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Palmers unheimliches Haus See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (New York opening)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The original play opened in New York on 9 August 1922 and had 101 performances. Walter James originated his movie role as Calaban in the play. In the 1933 revival, DeWolf Hopper Sr. played Dr. Ziska. See more »

Goofs

When Johnny pops his coat buttons with pride, the next shot has them still buttoned. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Ziska: The fools sent me a man when it is a woman I want!
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Alternate Versions

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) showed an 86-minute version with an uncredited music score on cable. See more »

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Featured in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: The Monster (2015) See more »

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Enjoyable little 'mad scientist' flick with Lon Chaney
5 June 2007 | by ametaphysicalsharkSee all my reviews

This 1925 silent film starring Lon Chaney and Johnny Arthur and directed by Roland West ("The Bat", "The Bat Whispers") is a harmless little horror-comedy about two men and a woman who get trapped in an old dark house with a mad scientist (the always excellent Chaney) and go through a series of perilous events caused by the scientist and his never ending supply of creepy servants. The acting is good and the production values are superb. Most of the comedy is funny and the creepy parts still hold up reasonably well. All in all, "The Monster" is no classic and certainly one of Lon Chaney's less remarkable films but it's still a decent, harmless film.


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