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Dr. Renault's Secret (1942)

Dr. Larry Forbes visits the château of Dr. Robert Renault, uncle of his fiancée Madelon, who is idolized by Renault's assistant, a strange émigré from Java.

Director:

Harry Lachman

Writers:

William Bruckner (screenplay), Robert F. Metzler (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
J. Carrol Naish ... Noel
Shepperd Strudwick ... Dr. Larry Forbes (as John Shepperd)
Lynne Roberts ... Madelon Renault
George Zucco ... Dr. Robert Renault
Bert Roach ... Hotel Proprietor
Eugene Borden Eugene Borden ... Coroner
Jack Norton ... Mr. Austin
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Storyline

A young man visits his fiancée in a remote French villa where her scientist father resides. There he meets Noel, Dr. Renault's mysterious assistant, who has a strange attraction to Renault's daughter. Soon he learns Noel's true identity: he is an ape that was turned into a man by Renault's bizarre experiments! Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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His animal instinct cannot be tamed! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

19 October 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buried Alive See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Inspired by Gaston Leroux's novel "Balaoo". See more »

Goofs

When Larry looks at the books, the title of "Anthropology" on the spine of one is not only a different color than the other books from the same set, but the curled up edges show the title was pasted over the original one. See more »

Quotes

Noel: [to Renault] You chain me, hurt me. Make me like man.
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Good effort.
11 October 2002 | by cliff-pSee all my reviews

I watched this movie on a videotape which was rather dark but I enjoyed the film. I have been watching horror films for 45 years and through the miracle of NTSC imports, I'm trying to catch up with those that I have missed. And I'm seeing some stinkers! This however is a reasonable example of the genre, the standouts being Arthur Sheilds, J.Carrol Naish and Mike Mazurki. Unusually, George Zucco hasn't got much to do in the title role. Noel the ape-man is very fortunate and obviously a skilful driver as he handles the Rolls Phantom II very well and can see round corners (when he avoids the dog). Very useful. Not a film for those who are not connoiseurs. Also not much effort given to the cliche creepy bits, but definitely miles better than a Monogram effort.


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