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Directed by Stuart Heisler
USA 1941

 

After a young woman is coerced into prostitution and her brother framed for murder by an organized crime syndicate, retribution in the form of an ape visits the mobsters.

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Scot Webster is on trial for the murder of Wade Stanton. Tips, a bellhop at the hotel where the murder occurred, testifies that he saw Scot holding a gun and standing over Wade's body. When Scot takes the stand, he says that he came into town two months earlier looking for someone named Larry Reed, and was led to a gangster named Bruhl: After Scot seeks out Bruhl to find Larry, Bruhl makes an appointment to meet him at Wade's room at the Regent Hotel, but when Scot arrives, he hears Wade arguing with Bruhl over money. When Wade opens the door, Bruhl's thug, Munn, shoots him, tosses the gun toward Scot and escapes, as Wade falls into Scot's arms. After Tips's testimony, prosecuting district attorney McMasters claims that no such person as Larry Reed exists. Scot's sister Susan demands to be heard and tells her story on the stand.

Excerpt from TCM located HERE

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Theatrical Release: February 28th, 1941

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Review: Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Only available, at present, as part of the "Universal Horror Collection: Vol. 5" which also has Captive Wild Woman, Jungle Woman and The Jungle Captive.

  

Distribution Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:03:27.637         
Video

1.37:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 19,413,288,457 bytes

Feature: 18,947,371,008 bytes

Video Bitrate: 36.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1569 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1569 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Shout! Factory

 

1.37:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 19,413,288,457 bytes

Feature: 18,947,371,008 bytes

Video Bitrate: 36.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

NEW Audio Commentary By Film Historians Tom Weaver And Steve Kronenberg
Theatrical Trailer (1:11)

 

Blu-ray Release Date: June 16th, 2020
Standard Blu-ray Case inside cardboard sleeve

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Shout! Factory Blu-ray (June 2020): Shout! Factory have transferred Stuart Heisler's The Monster and the Girl to Blu-ray. It is described as a "new 2K Scan Of A Fine Grain Film Element" and is part of the "Universal Horror Collection: Vol. 5" which also has Captive Wild Woman, Jungle Woman and The Jungle Captive. It looks pretty good in 1080P, no digitization, appreciated film textures.

We have previously viewed "Universal Horror Collection: Vol. 1" HERE, Vol. 2 HERE, Vol. 3 HERE and Volume 4 HERE. I'm interested in the upcoming "Universal Horror Collection: Volume 6" with The Black Castle, Cult Of The Cobra, The Thing That Couldn't Die and The Shadow Of The Cat.

On their Blu-ray, Shout! Factory use a DTS-HD Master dual-mono track (24-bit) in the original English language. There aren't a lot of aggressive effects but a dramatic score by Gerard Carbonara (Dr. Cyclops, Abilene Town) adding tension in spots. Shout! Factory offer optional English (SDH) subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Shout! Factory Blu-ray offers a new commentary by Film Historians Tom Weaver (author of Universal Horrors: The Studio's Classic Films, 1931-1946) and Steve Kronenberg. The film starts with a Paramount logo and Weaver admits his love of the studio and it's horror output of the era. He tells a story about trying to get an interview with Ellen Drew and reads her letter response to him. He reads comments about the 'Gorilla costuming', some reviews and makes interesting details of the cast and crew. About 3/4 in Steve Kronenberg takes over for a few minutes and discusses the plot details with a more serious tone. Weaver then returns talking about script changes, Skipper the Dog etc.. After that is only a theatrical trailer.  

Stuart Heisler's The Monster and the Girl is a notch above some of the other low-budget hour-long horror programmers of the era. You certainly need to give yourself over to take it seriously but it can be enjoyed for its simplicity, Ellen Drew and the excellent, realistic, 'gorilla'-ing. The Shout! Factory Blu-ray has the commentary and other three films, but I am more interested in the upcoming "Universal Horror Collection: Volume 6" with The Black Castle, Cult Of The Cobra, The Thing That Couldn't Die and The Shadow Of The Cat.

Gary Tooze

 


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Only available, at present, as part of the "Universal Horror Collection: Vol. 5" which also has Captive Wild Woman, Jungle Woman and The Jungle Captive.

  

Distribution Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray


 


 

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