The Monkey's Paw (1948 film)

The Monkey's Paw is a 1948 British horror film directed by Norman Lee and starring Milton Rosmer, Michael Martin Harvey, Joan Seton and Megs Jenkins.[1] It is based on the 1902 story "The Monkey's Paw" by W. W. Jacobs. The screenplay was written by Norman Lee and Barbara Toy.[2] It was produced by Ernest G. Roy.[3]

The Monkey's Paw
Directed byNorman Lee
Produced byErnest G. Roy
Screenplay byNorman Lee
Based onThe Monkey's Paw
by W.W. Jacobs
StarringMilton Rosmer
Michael Martin Harvey
Joan Seton
Megs Jenkins
Music byStanley Black
CinematographyBryan Langley
Edited byInman Hunter
Distributed byButcher's Film Service
Release date
  • 1 November 1948 (1948-11-01)
Running time
64 min
CountryUnited Kingdom

Plot summary

A magic Monkey's Paw grants its owner three wishes before a disaster befalls them.


Critical reception

The Spinning Image called it "a creaky diversion with stagey acting and an obvious lack of funds to open it out, yet the strength of Jacobs' yarn was such that it showed through even the most impoverished of tellings."[4] On his website Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings, Dave Sindelar commended the film for its character development, climax which he called "suitably tense and eerie".[5]


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  2. "The Monkey's Paw".
  3. "The Monkey's Paw (1948) - Norman Lee - Cast and Crew - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  4. "Monkey's Paw, The Review (1948)".
  5. Sindelar, Dave. "The Monkey's Paw (1948)". Fantastic Movie Dave Sindelar. Retrieved 14 August 2018.

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