|THE BRUTE MAN (director: Jean Yarbrough; screenwriters: story by Dwight V. Babcock/George Bricker/M. Coates Webster; cinematographer: Maury Gertsman; editor: Philip Cahn; cast: Rondo Hatton (Hal Moffat/The Creeper), JaNelle Johnson (Joan Bemis), Jan Wiley (Virginia Scott), Jane Adams (Helen Paige), Tom Neal (Clifford Scott), Donald MacBride (Police Captain M. J. Donelly), Fred Coby (Young Hal Moffat), Peter Whitney (Police Lieutenant Gates), John Hamilton (Prof. Cushman), Jack Parker (Delivery boy); Runtime: 58; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Ben Pivar; PRC Pictures (Universal); 1946)|
obscure and just a mediocre film, film buffs
have maintained an interest in it through the
years because of their curiosity over the
grotesque looking Rondo Hatton."
by Dennis Schwartz
Yarbrough ("The Creeper"/"The Naughty
Nineties"/"She-Wolf of London") directs this
unpleasant B-film. It's the last in the series, but
nonetheless reverts back to showing The Creeper's
origin. Universal was so ashamed of this trashy
exploitation film it farmed it out to PRC. The story
is by Dwight V. Babcock and the writers are George
Bricker and M. Coates Webster.
character actor Rondo Hatton, to die from his
disease of acromegaly just before
the film was released, stars as The Creeper.
Rondo plays a young star college football player,
known as Hal Moffat, who accidentally has acid splash
on his face during a failed experiment at the science
lab. He becomes The Creeper and starts getting revenge
on those he blames for his disfigurement or for
mocking him. They include classmates from his Class of
'30, Professor Cushman (John Hamilton), and a Peeping
Tom delivery boy (Jack Parker). The loony strangles
each vic from behind. When befriended by the beautiful
blind girl, Virginia (Jan Wiley), who
could care less about his looks, he is so crazed that
he attempts to kill her before getting caught in a
trap and killed.
Though obscure and just a mediocre film, film buffs have maintained an interest in it through the years mainly because of their curiosity over the grotesque looking Rondo Hatton.
REVIEWED ON 8/12/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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