The Mad Monster

The plot involves a scientist who has been discredited by his peers. He attempts to kill them off after he develops a secret formula that transforms his gardener into a murderous wolf man.

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The story begins on a fog-bound moonlight night in a swamp; a wolf howls. The scene shifts to the nearby laboratory of Dr. Lorenzo Cameron (George Zucco), who draws blood from a caged wolf. Secured to a table is Dr. Cameron's simpleminded but strong gardener, Petro (Glenn Strange), who is to be the doctor's subject in an experiment. Dr. Cameron injects a serum made from a wolf's blood into the cooperative Petro, who loses consciousness, grows fur and fangs, and awakens after he has turned into a wolf man. Dr. Cameron then turns to an empty table and visualizes his former colleagues sitting there—four professors who ridiculed his theory that transfusions of wolf blood could be used to give a human being wolf-like traits. He recalls how the scientific community, the press and the public joined in a resounding chorus of ridicule, which cost Cameron his position at the University.

Directed by Sam Newfield
Produced by Sigmund Neufeld
Written by Fred Myton
Starring: Johnny Downs, George Zucco, Anne Nagel, Reginald Barlow
Music by David Chudnow
Cinematography: Jack Greenhalgh
Edited by Holbrook N. Todd
Distributed by Producers Releasing Corporation
Release date: May 8, 1942
Running time: 77 min
Country: United States
Language: English

Johnny Downs as Tom Gregory
George Zucco as Dr. Lorenzo Cameron
Anne Nagel as Lenora Cameron
Glenn Strange as Petro
Sarah Padden as Grandmother
Gordon De Main as Professor Fitzgerald
Mae Busch as Susan
Reginald Barlow as Professor Warwick
Robert Strange as Professor Blaine
Henry Hall as Country Doctor
Ed Cassidy as Father
John Elliott as Professor Hatfield
Slim Whitaker as Officer Dugan
Gil Patric as Detective Lieutenant