n 19th Century Paris, the maniacal Dr. Mirakle abducts young women and injects them with ape blood in an attempt to prove ape-human kinship. He constantly meets failure as the abducted women die. Medical student Pierre Dupin discovers what Mirakle is doing too late to prevent the abduction of his girlfriend Camille. Now he desperately tries to enlist the help of the police to get her back. —IMDb
Robert Florey (14 September 1900, Paris – 16 May 1979, Santa Monica, California) was a French screenwriter, director of short films, and actor who moved to Hollywood in 1921. In 1950, Florey was made a knight in the French Légion d’honneur.
Florey worked as assistant director to Josef von Sternberg and others before making his feature directing debut in 1926. He directed more than 50 movies over the next 23 years, from the first Marx Brothers movie The Cocoanuts (1929), to the Bette Davis melodrama Ex-Lady, to horror movies such as Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932) starring Bela Lugosi, the spy film Man from Frisco (1944), the skillful film noir The Crooked Way (1949), and the first Hollywood film about the First Indochina war, Rogues’ Regiment (1948) with Dick Powell and Vincent Price .
Florey made a significant but uncredited contribution to the script of the classic 1931 film adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. Florey was also originally slated to direct… read more
Despite its flaws, this film is beautifully composed, with innovative camerawork and stunning set-design.
More 3 1/2 and more for the really impressive technical work on the film. The set design is astonishing. The camera flow is unbelievable, especially for its time. Bela is fun every time he's on screen and the film is short. I definitely got homoerotic undertones between Pierre and his roommate which was interesting. Other than that the acting sans Bela and the storyline was pretty weak. Still worth seeing though.