While working on a jungle plantation in South America, Barney Chavez (Raymond Burr) begins an affair with his employer’s beautiful wife, Dina Van Gelder (Barbara Payton). When a native witch sees Barney murder his boss, she places a curse on him that transforms him into a gorilla each night. With a dangerous beast on the loose, police commissioner Taro (Lon Chaney) is called in to investigate — and put an end to the terror.
Curt Siodmak (August 10, 1902 – 2 September, 2000) was a novelist and screenwriter. He made a name for himself in Hollywood with horror and science fiction films, most notably The Wolf Man and Donovan’s Brain (the latter adapted from his novel of the same name). He was the brother of noir director Robert Siodmak.
Born Kurt Siodmak in Dresden, Germany, to a Polish Jewish family, Curt Siodmak acquired a degree in mathematics before beginning to write novels. He invested early royalties earned by his first books in the movie Menschen am Sonntag (1929) a documentary-style chronicle of the lives of four Berliners on a Sunday based on their own lives. The movie was co-directed by Curt Siodmak’s older brother Robert Siodmak and Edgar G. Ulmer, with a script by Billy Wilder in collaboration with Fred Zinneman and cameraman Eugen Schüfftan. Siodmak was the nephew of noted film producer Seymour Nebenzal, who funded Menschen am Sonntag with funds borrowed from his father, Heinrich Nebenzahl… read more