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Night Monster [Ralph Morgan]

Night Monster, starring Ralph Morgan, Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill

In Night Monster, Kurt Ingston is a rich recluse. He invites the doctors who left him a hopeless cripple to his desolate mansion in the swamps. And one by one, they meet horrible deaths. But who can be killing them? Is the answer supernatural?

Review

In short, Night Monster is a murder mystery with a supernatural twist. A rich, crippled recluse has an unusual household. And, he invited the three doctors that he blames for his crippling to an evening at his mansion. He demonstrates, with the help of an Indian guru, matter creation by mental energy alone.

And then, the doctors (and others) begin dying one by one. But who’s committing the murders? And how?

Janet Shaw as the maid, with Bela Lugosi as
the butler who doesn’t want her
to make that phone call in Night Monster.

A subplot deals with Ingston’s mentally ill sister, Margaret. But she’s convinced that she’s not mentally ill. And she’s summoned lady psychiatrist, Dr. Lynn Harper, to prove she’s not insane and help her secure freedom. In turn, Dr. Harper’s neighbor, mystery writer Dick Baldwin, has come along after helping her with her broken-down car.

Cast of characters

Editorial review of Night Monster courtesy of Amazon.com

Night Monster is horrific tale filled with strange characters, secret passages, dark storms and a murderer who has mastered the art of “mind over matter”. Kurt Ingston (Ralph Morgan) is a helpless cripple due to the incompetence of three doctors (Lionel Atwill, Frank Reicher, Francis Pierlot). He invites them to visit him at his estate on the pretext of donating money to medicine. One by one, the doctors are mysteriously murdered. The spooky mansion is filled with strange characters, any one of whom could be the killer. There is the ominous butler (Bela Lugosi), the grim housekeeper (Doris Lloyd), the lecherous chauffeur (Leif Erikson), a mystic (Nils Asther) and Ingston’s demented sister (Fay Helm). Trying to solve the murders – and stay alive – are a psychiatrist (Irene Hervey) and a mystery writer (Don Porter).

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