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Patricia Lawrence (Wanda McKay) is the splitting image of Doctor Igor
Markoff's (J.Carrol Naish) deceased wife - which is why he decides to
court her, not only to the dismay of his assistant Maxine (Tala Birell),
who's (not so) secretly in love with him, but also to the dismay of Pat
herself, her fiancé Bob (Terry Frost) and especially her concert pianist
father (Ralph Morgan), who even stops over Markoff's place to threaten
him. But Markoff is of course a scientist of the mad variety, so he
infects Lawrence with acromegaly - a glandular disorder that causes
unproportional growth of the extremities and might lead to madness and
death. Then he sends Lawrence home and leaves his daughter alone, knowing
that he will have to return because Markoff is the only authority in (and
has the only cure for) acromegaly - under Markoff's conditions that
include him being married to Patricia.
In the finale, Markoff has
Lawrence strapped down to an operating table, and Patricia already within
his grasp when Lawrence manages to free himself and attack Markoff - who
in the ensuing struggle accidently shoots himself with his own gun.
Maxine, who has since fallen out with Markoff, ultimately saves the day by
treating Lawrence to an anti-acromegaly injection ...
Ace the Wonder Dog
plays the pet dog that saves Maxine from Markoff's lab gorilla (Ray
'Crash' Corrigan), Glenn Strange plays Markoff's other assistant.
Of course, this film is utter nonsense from
beginning to end - but endearingly so: There is something about the
movie's silly plot, its unpretentious direction, low budget sets and
primitive effects that makes it an enjoyable piece of pulp horror
nostalgia. Not a great film by any means, I feel obliged to add, but if
you're in the mood for less-than-perfect B-movie entertainment (and who
isn't?), you'll probably like this one.