Return of the Ape Man

Return of the Ape Man is a 1944 American film distributed by Monogram Pictures.[1][2] It was directed by Philip Rosen with top-billed star Bela Lugosi[3] and supporting actors John Carradine, George Zucco, Frank Moran, Judith Gibson and Michael Ames.[4]

Return of the Ape Man
Directed byPhilip Rosen
Produced bySam Katzman
Jack Dietz
Screenplay byRobert Charles
StarringBela Lugosi
Music byEdward Kay
(musical director)
CinematographyMarcel LePicard
Edited byCarl Pierson
Banner Productions
Distributed byMonogram Pictures Corp.
Release date
  • June 24, 1944 (1944-06-24)
Running time
61 minutes
CountryUnited States


  • George Zucco is co-credited on screen and in the publicity, along with Moran, as having played the Ape Man. At the onset of the laboratory scene where Prof. Dexter (Lugosi) and Gilmore (Carradine) are preparing to melt the caveman free from the block of ice, Zucco is shown in the Ape Man makeup - albeit briefly. Zucco's prominent nose, as well as his injured and withered left arm/hand (from a WWI injury) are clearly visible facing the camera. The shot then switches away from the Ape Man. When it returns again to the same shot, Moran has replaced Zucco. The producers later explained he became ill during the filming. Other speculations are that he was deemed too old to carry out the role, or that he simply refused to play the part.


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