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Professor Arnold (Ralph Morgan) has just made the greatest invention of
them all: The Metallogen Man, a robot that ... well, is a remote
controlled, but rather indestructible and pretty strong robot. Now he
knows that someone wants to steal the robot, and thus he has hired
gouvernment agent Ken Morgan (Robert Lowery) to guard his invention for
What he doesn't know though are two things: 1) His own partner in
developing the robot, Professor Ernst (George Macready), is actually a
pretty evil man, and he wants the rogot for himself, and 2) Professor
Ernst has a gorilla, Thor (Ray Crash Corrigan) to do his killing for him.
it also has to be noted that the Metallogen Man has three decisive
components to it: first and foremost of course the robot itself, second
the remote control and finally the Metallogen disk that somehow serves as
a connector between robot and remote. All three components are made of
metallogen, the rarest metal ever that can only be found in meteoric
So yeah, one after the other, Ernst tries to steal the remote
control, the Metallogen Man and the Metallogen disk from Professor Arnold,
and often succeeds, too, but Ken Morgan is not without resources and
manages to retrieve whatever Ernst has stolen, and he even manages to
figure out most of Ernst's hideouts (including one with an entry through
the local zoo's gorilla cage - of course it's Thor in the cage.
also has the brilliant idea to infiltrate Arnold and company as an
inventor having invented a Metallogen detector ... only, it's a real
Metallogen detector he's having, which ultimately falls into Arnold's
hands while it's Ernst who needs the Metallogen much more urgently to
build himself a robot duplicate ...
Well, there's plenty of chases by
foot, car, plane, some (literal) monkey business, robot mayhem and the
like, but in the end good of course prevails over evil! But the ape is
killed and the Metallogen Man is destroyed - probably for the better of
can I say, this is pretty much your run-of-the-mill serial. If you think
combining killer apes and killer robots, both 1940's style, you'll
probably find something to like here, likewise if you love 40's sci-fi
pulp mainstays as much as I do - just don't expect expert timing,
perfectly choreographed action, an altogether logical story, or the
science parts of science fiction actually based on something remotely
Not a classic by any definiton of the word ... but
you really might find it fun for nostalgic reasons nevertheless.