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The Monster and the Ape

USA 1945
produced by
Rudolph C. Flotow for Columbia
directed by Howard Bretherton
starring Robert Lowery, George Macready, Ralph Morgan, Carole Mathews, Willie Best, Jack Ingram, Anthony Warde, Ted Mapes, Eddie Parker, Stanley Price, Charles King, Kenneth MacDonald, Bud Osborne, John Elliott, Kit Guard, and as gorilla Ray Corrigan (= Ray 'Crash' Corrigan)
written by Royal K. Cole, Sherman L. Lowe, music by Lee Zahler


review by
Mike Haberfelner

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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 him.

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.

Now 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 residues.

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.

Ernst 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 mankind ...


What 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 resembling science.

Not a classic by any definiton of the word ... but you really might find it fun for nostalgic reasons nevertheless.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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