The Ape

Dr. Bernard Adrian is a kindly scientist who seeks to cure a young woman's polio. All he needs is spinal fluid from a human to complete the formula for his experimental serum. Meanwhile, a vicious circus ape has broken out of its cage, and is terrorizing the townspeople.

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However, one of his attacks towards the film's end is unsuccessful; he is fatally knifed and the Ape's "true identity" is revealed.

The Ape eventually breaks into Dr. Adrian's lab. The Doctor manages to kill it before any harm can come to himself. However, the spinal fluids he requires to perform his experiments have all been destroyed during the struggle between him and the Ape.

Doctor Adrian then concocts an idea: he will tear off the ape's flesh and use its skin to disguise himself as the escaped circus animal and murder townspeople in order to extract their spinal fluid. Thus the murders will be blamed on the Ape and he, himself, will manage to avoid any suspicion.

Directed by William Nigh
Produced by William Nigh
Written by Adam Shirk, Curt Siodmak,Richard Carroll
Starring: Boris Karloff, Maris Wrixon, Gene O'Donnell
Music by Edward J. Kay
Cinematography: Harry Neumann
Editing by Russell F. Schoengarth
Distributed by Monogram Pictures Corporation
Release date: September 30, 1940
Running time: 62 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English