The Monster and the Ape

The Monster and the Ape was the 26th serial released by Columbia Pictures and was released in 1945.

The Monster and the Ape
Directed byHoward Bretherton
Produced byRudolph C. Flothow
Written byRoyal K. Cole
Sherman L. Lowe
StarringRobert Lowery
George Macready
Ralph Morgan
Carole Mathews
Music byLee Zahler
CinematographyL. William O'Connell
Edited byDwight Caldwell
Earl Turner
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • April 20, 1945 (1945-04-20)
Running time
15 chapters
234 minutes
CountryUnited States


The Monster of the title is the "Metalogen Man", a robot created by Professor Franklin Arnold. After displaying his invention, the robot is stolen by Professor Ernst with the aid of his trained ape, Thor. Ken Morgan leads the attempts to recover the stolen robot.


Critical reception

The Monster and the Ape was, in the opinion of Cline, "strikingly similar to Republic's serial Mysterious Doctor Satan."[1] However, he describes Professor Ernst as one of "the serial form's...choicest villains."[2]

Chapter titles

  1. The Mechanical Terror
  2. The Edge of Doom
  3. Flames of Fate
  4. The Fatal Search
  5. Rocks of Doom
  6. A Friend in Disguise
  7. A Scream in the Night
  8. Death in the Dark
  9. The Secret Tunnel
  10. Forty Thousand Volts
  11. The Mad Professor
  12. Shadows of Destiny
  13. The Gorilla at Large
  14. His Last Flight
  15. Justice Triumphs



  1. Cline, William C. (1984). "3. The Six Faces of Adventure". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 50. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.
  2. Cline, William C. (1984). "7. Masters of Menace (The Villains)". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 112. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.
  3. Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 240. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.
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