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The Hairy Ape (1944)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir | 2 July 1944 (USA)
During the 1940s, social class conflict is depicted when a spoiled socialite, traveling on a freighter, calls the ship's head stoker a hairy ape, provoking him into stalking the rich woman once ashore in New York.

Director:

Alfred Santell

Writers:

Eugene O'Neill (play), Robert Hardy Andrews (screenplay) (as Robert D. Andrews) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Bendix ... Hank Smith
Susan Hayward ... Mildred Douglas
John Loder ... Tony Lazar
Dorothy Comingore ... Helen Parker
Roman Bohnen ... Paddy
Tom Fadden ... Long
Alan Napier ... MacDougald, Chief Engineer
Charles Cane Charles Cane ... Gantry
Charles La Torre Charles La Torre ... Portuguese Proprietor
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Storyline

Hank Smith, a brutish stoker on board a freighter, is appalled when Mildred Douglas, a society girl forced by circumstance to travel as a passenger, visits the stokehold and recoils at the filthy, sweating Hank. A powerhouse of a man with a primitive confidence, Hank has never been looked down on before nor suffered the insult "hairy ape" flung at him by the rich girl. At first he seeks vengeance for the insult, but broods over it until more than anything, he desires to understand it. When the ship reaches port, he seeks her out in her upper class surroundings, determined to grasp the meaning of the encounter. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 July 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pasión salvaje See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Hank Smith: Dames, huh? That's a lot of tripe. They'll double cross you for a nickel or even nothing. Treat 'em rough - that's me, the whole bunch of 'em. They don't belong. They don't amount to nothing. Who makes the old tub go? It's us guys. Me! Me! I make her go.
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Susan Hayward was Outstanding
1 May 2007 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

Always liked Susan Hayward,(Mildred Douglas) who played the role of a gold digger, who would use men to her own advantage, get what she wanted and dump all the guys with a swift kick you know where. Mildred Douglas has to sail on a ship and meets up with Hank Smith,(William Bendix) a steam room coal shoveler who is hairy and she gets one look at him aboard ship and calls him a Hairy Ape. This comment brings a great deal of rage to Hank and Mildred becomes very fearful of this person and can hardly sleep at night. Hank even goes to a traveling Circus and views a large Ape in his cage and watches the Ape crush a rubber tire like it was a pretzel stick and gets the idea that he is going to smash Mildred's body just like the Ape was doing to the tire. There is a surprise ending to a rather entertaining 1944 film.


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