Night Monster (1942)

70 or 73 mins | Horror | 23 October 1942

Director:

Ford Beebe

Producer:

Ford Beebe

Cinematographer:

Charles Van Enger

Editor:

Milton Carruth

Production Designer:

Jack Otterson

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was House of Mystery . The HR review states that this was Donald H. Brown's first film as an associate producer. HR production charts include Elyse Knox in the cast, but she did not appear in the released film. Modern sources state that she was replaced in the role of "Millie Carson" by Janet Shaw. Modern sources also state that actor Cyril Delevanti, who plays "Torque" in the film, was the father-in-law of producer-director Ford ... More Less

The working title of this film was House of Mystery . The HR review states that this was Donald H. Brown's first film as an associate producer. HR production charts include Elyse Knox in the cast, but she did not appear in the released film. Modern sources state that she was replaced in the role of "Millie Carson" by Janet Shaw. Modern sources also state that actor Cyril Delevanti, who plays "Torque" in the film, was the father-in-law of producer-director Ford Beebe. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
24 Oct 1942.
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Daily Variety
24 Jul 1942.
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Daily Variety
19 Oct 42
p. 3.
Film Daily
20 Oct 42
p. 17.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Jul 42
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Oct 42
p. 5.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
24 Oct 42
p. 970.
New York Times
30 Nov 42
p. 18.
Variety
21 Oct 42
p. 8.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
House of Mystery
Release Date:
23 October 1942
Production Date:
6 July--late July 1942
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co., inc.
Copyright Date:
20 September 1942
Copyright Number:
LP11597
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70 or 73
Length(in feet):
6,504
Country:
United States
PCA No:
8719
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Disturbed heiress Margaret Ingston catches her housekeeper, Sarah Judd, cleaning bloodstains off a staircase carpet, then tells her that she has asked the noted psychiatrist, Dr. Lynne Harper, to come to the Ingston estate to prove Margaret's sanity. The housekeeper informs Margaret that Margaret's brother Kurt, an invalid, has already asked his own physicians to examine her. Meanwhile, Millie Carson, the maid, attempts to telephone the local constable, Cap Beggs, to report the mysterious goings-on at the Ingston estate, but is stopped by Rolf, the butler. Rolf threatens Millie when she attempts to quit, but Laurie, the chauffeur, comes to her rescue and offers to drive the young woman into town. Millie is forced to leave the car, however, when Laurie makes unwanted advances toward her. In nearby Hillsdale, Laurie picks up physicians Dr. King, Dr. Timmons and Dr. Phipps at the railway station, then heads back to the Ingston Towers. At the same time, Millie asks Beggs why he has not investigated the Ingstons more, particularly after the murder of local physician Dr. Kramer in the nearby marsh. That evening, Millie goes back to the estate to pick up her belongings, and is murdered near the marsh as she walks back to town. Later, mystery writer Dick Baldwin drives Lynne, who has partially witnessed Millie's murder, to the Ingston estate after her car breaks down. They are greeted by the physically disabled Kurt and his yogi, Agor Singh. After dinner, Kurt has Singh demonstrate his mystical powers of tissue regeneration for the physicians, during which he materializes a skeleton. The skeleton disappears, however, when Singh's trance is ... +


Disturbed heiress Margaret Ingston catches her housekeeper, Sarah Judd, cleaning bloodstains off a staircase carpet, then tells her that she has asked the noted psychiatrist, Dr. Lynne Harper, to come to the Ingston estate to prove Margaret's sanity. The housekeeper informs Margaret that Margaret's brother Kurt, an invalid, has already asked his own physicians to examine her. Meanwhile, Millie Carson, the maid, attempts to telephone the local constable, Cap Beggs, to report the mysterious goings-on at the Ingston estate, but is stopped by Rolf, the butler. Rolf threatens Millie when she attempts to quit, but Laurie, the chauffeur, comes to her rescue and offers to drive the young woman into town. Millie is forced to leave the car, however, when Laurie makes unwanted advances toward her. In nearby Hillsdale, Laurie picks up physicians Dr. King, Dr. Timmons and Dr. Phipps at the railway station, then heads back to the Ingston Towers. At the same time, Millie asks Beggs why he has not investigated the Ingstons more, particularly after the murder of local physician Dr. Kramer in the nearby marsh. That evening, Millie goes back to the estate to pick up her belongings, and is murdered near the marsh as she walks back to town. Later, mystery writer Dick Baldwin drives Lynne, who has partially witnessed Millie's murder, to the Ingston estate after her car breaks down. They are greeted by the physically disabled Kurt and his yogi, Agor Singh. After dinner, Kurt has Singh demonstrate his mystical powers of tissue regeneration for the physicians, during which he materializes a skeleton. The skeleton disappears, however, when Singh's trance is broken, and a blood stain is left on the carpet. Meanwhile, Millie's murdered body is found in the foggy marsh, and Beggs discovers footprints near the body leading to the Ingston estate. The constable goes to the estate, where Dr. King is discovered strangled to death. Soon after, Dr. Timmons is also killed, and Singh is arrested for the murders. The yogi states that he knows who the real murderer is, but will not name the culprit until he can prove his guilt. Laurie warns Phipps that he will be killed next, and offers to smuggle the physician out of the estate. Meanwhile, Lynne and Dick question Margaret about the murders, and Margaret tells them that she believes Kurt is the killer. Lynne then admits that she thought she saw Kurt walking in the fog at the same time that Millie was killed. As she is preparing to leave the estate, Lynne finds the murdered Phipps, and while searching the doctor's room, Dick and Beggs discover a secret passageway. The two then question Kurt about his paralysis, and learn that the disabled man is missing both his arms and legs. Afterward, Dick, Rolf and Beggs find the murdered Laurie hanging in his closet. Judd then tries to stop Lynne and Dick from leaving the estate, but Margaret holds the housekeeper back as the two make their escape. Margaret sets their locked room afire, and she and Judd are burned to death. Later, as they walk through the marsh, Lynne and Dick are chased by the murderous Kurt, who is now fully ambulatory using Singh's tissue regeneration process. Lynne's foot becomes trapped on a footbridge, and the mad Kurt catches them and strangles Dick into unconsciousness. Before he can murder Lynne, though, Kurt is shot and killed by Singh. The yogi then explains that he taught Kurt the secret of materialization, but the disabled man used his knowledge of the occult only to seek vengeance upon those who he believed had disabled or betrayed him. Dick, Lynne, Singh and Beggs then look on as the Ingston estate burns to the ground. +

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