The Monkey's Paw (1933 film)

The Monkey's Paw is a 1933 American pre-Code horror film co-directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack (prologue) and Wesley Ruggles[1], based on the story, "The Monkey's Paw" (1902) by W. W. Jacobs.[2][3] The film was considered lost until pictures from it were posted online in 2016.[4]

The Monkey's Paw
Theatrical release poster
Directed byErnest B. Schoedsack
Produced byPandro S. Berman
Merian C. Cooper
Screenplay byGraham John
Based onThe Monkey's Paw
by W. W. Jacobs
StarringIvan F. Simpson
Louise Carter
C. Aubrey Smith
Music byMax Steiner (uncredited)
CinematographyEdward Cronjager
Jack MacKenzie
J.O. Taylor
Leo Tover
Edited byCharles L. Kimball
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • January 13, 1933 (1933-01-13)
Running time
58 minutes
CountryUnited States



Critical reception

A contemporary review in The International Photographer considered it "greatly handicapped by its unrelenting sombre mood. Even the inevitable happy ending that wags its tale at the end is hardly sufficient to dispel the gloom. The cast is uniformly capable, but the lack of a dominant screen personality is keenly felt...The photography is an example of what can be done with the new supersensitive emulsions using very little light."[5]


  1. Jewell, Richard B.; Harbin, Vernon (1982). The RKO Story. New York: Arlington House. p. 57. ISBN 0-517-546566.
  3. "The Monkey's Paw (1933) - Wesley Ruggles, Ernest B. Schoedsack - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  4. "Nitrateville forum". Nitrateville. 5 April 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  5. Pitts, Michael R. (28 April 2015). "RKO Radio Pictures Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films, 1929–1956". McFarland via Google Books.

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