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"Big Dan" McCormick is the sole survivor of an electric-train crash in which all the other passengers were electrocuted. Intrigued by Dan's apparent immunity to electricity, Dr. John Lawrence, distinguished elector-biologist, asks Dan to visit him at his laboratory, where Lawrence's assistant, Dr. Paul Rigas, is secretly conducting experiments to prove his theory that human life can be motivated and controlled by electricity. Rigas persuades Dan to submit to tests, where Dan absorbs increasingly powerful charges until he develops an amazing degree of immunity, and becomes a walking hulk of electricity. Rigas does a final test of pouring a tremendous charge into Dan's body, and Dan becomes superhuman and his body glows. He is also a robot that is controlled by Rigas. When Lawrence tries to stop the experiment, Rigas orders Dan to kill him. Rigas removes the electricity from Dan's body and he becomes a shrunken shell. Despite the efforts of June Meredith, Lawrence's niece, and newspaper reporter Mark Adams to help him, Dan is sentenced to die in the electric chair. But in the death-chamber he absorbs three shocks which returns him to superhuman status. He escapes and goes after Rigas, after putting on a rubber suit to encase his electric energy.
The most amazing monster the world has ever known
Also Known As:
Title: Man Made Monster
Release Date: March 28, 1941
Runtime: 59 mins
All Genres: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Colors: Black and White
IMDB Rating: 6.2
Buried.com Rating: 7.2 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With M
MPAA Rating: Passed
Lionel Atwill ...Dr. Paul Rigas
Lon Chaney Jr. ...Dan McCormick
Anne Nagel ...June Lawrence
Frank Albertson ...Mark Adams
Samuel S. Hinds ...Dr. John Lawrence
William B. Davidson ...District Attorney Ralph Stanley
Ben Taggart ...Police Detective Sergeant
Constance Bergen ...Nurse (as Connie Bergen)
Ivan Miller ...Doctor
Chester Gan ...Wong (servant)
George Meader ...Dr. Bruno
Frank O'Connor ...Detective
John Dilson ...Medical Examiner
Byron Foulger ...Alienist #2
Russell Hicks ...Warden Harris
Jessie Arnold ...Mrs. Frank Davis
James Blaine ...Charlie (prison guard)
Gary Breckner ...Radio Announcer
Lowell Drew ...Jury Foreman
John Ellis ...Assistant District Attorney
Douglas Evans ...Police Radio Announcer
Jack Gardner ...Reporter
William Hall ...Mike (dynamo operator)
Wright Kramer ...Judge
Tom Quinn ...Detective
Bob Reeves ...Prison Guard
Mel Ruick ...Defense Attorney
Francis Sayles ...Frank Davis
Paul Scott ...Prison Ahaplain
David Sharpe ...Hay Wagon Passenger
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- The most amazing monster the world has ever known
- Dr. John Lawrence: [to Dr. Rigas] With all the constructive things to be done, why do you concentrate on destruction?
Dr. Paul Rigas: ...eventually a race of superior men can be developed, men whose only wants are electricity. Dr. John Lawrence: But, man, you're challenging the forces of Creation! Dr. Paul Rigas: The forces of Creation? Bah! You know as well as I do that more than half the people of the world are doomed to a life of mediocrity - born to be nonentities, millstones around the neck of progress, men who have to be fed, watched, looked over, and taken care of by a superior intelligence. My theory is to make these people of more use to the world. By successive treatments their bodies can be so electrolyzed that they are no longer subject to the pains and frailties of ordinary mankind. Dr. John Lawrence: Sometimes I think you are mad. Dr. Paul Rigas: I am! So was Archimedes, Galileo. Newton, Pasteur, Lister, and all the others who dared to dream!
June Lawrence: [referring to Dr. Rivas] He's a genius in his line. Mark Adams: Maybe, but I'll bet he spent his childhood stickin' pins into butterflies.
Dr. Paul Rigas: [to June] Dan McCormack, as you knew him, was doomed the first day he came into this laboratory.
- This was intended to be another vehicle with Boris Karloff as the mad doctor, but was shelved and not filmed until 1941.
Budgeted at a mere $86,000 on a 3-week shooting schedule. It was the cheapest feature film produced by Universal in 1941.
Based on the story, "The Electric Man" which Universal had purchased for $3,300 in 1935 as a potential Boris Karloff / Bela Lugosi vehicle to be titled "The Man in the Cab." The studio, in the midst of a financial debacle at the time, shelved the project for over five years, assigning the re-write to George Waggner (working as "Joseph West") who re-tooled it as "The Human Robot."
"Man-Made Monster" launched Lon Chaney Jr.'s career as a star in horror films and the film's success directly led to his casting in the big budget role of his career, "The Wolfman."
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