The Monster and the Ape (1945)

Director
Howard Bretherton

Main cast
Robert Lowery; George Macready; Ralph Morgan; Carole Mathews; Willie Best

Genres
Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

Description
A famous scientist invents a humanoid robot (the titular "monster"), so a greedy rival scientist plans to steal it for use in his criminal plans. His henchmen often kidnap a trained gorilla (the titular "ape") from the zoo, to aid in the schemes.


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