The Hairy Ape

The Hairy Ape

Director: Alfred Santell Cast: William Bendix, Susan Hayward, John Loder

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Overview

Despite a few Hollywood compromises, The Hairy Ape remains one of the more artistically successful filmizations of Eugene O'Neill. William Bendix is nothing less than brilliant as ship's stoker Hank Smith, a brutish but sensitive lug who is convinced that his strength is derived from the hair that covers his body. While Hank's ship is docked in Lisbon, the boiler room is visited by the wealthy-but-bitchy Mildred Douglas (Susan Hayward), the mercenary sweetheart of second engineer Lazar (John Loder). Disgusted by Hank's hirsuteness, she calls him a "hairy ape." At first enraged, Hank becomes fascinated by the beautiful Mildred, and before long is openly lusting after her. For her own selfish purposes, Mildred leads him on, laying the groundwork for the disastrous events that follow. In the original O'Neill play, a maddened Hank enters the cage of a circus gorilla, believing himself to be "one" with the huge beast, only to be crushed to death. For reasons that defy explanation, this ending is eliminated from the film, which concludes a discordant note of banality. If for no other reason, The Hairy Ape is memorable for one of the few post-Citizen Kane appearances of actress Dorothy Comingore, here cast as Susan Hayward's rival for John Loder's affections.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/29/2017
UPC: 0889290261144
Original Release: 1944
Source: Film Detective
Time: 1:32:00
Sales rank: 40,830

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Bendix Hank Smith
Susan Hayward Mildred Douglas
John Loder Second Engineer Tony Lazar
Dorothy Comingore Helen Parker
Roman Bohnen Paddy
Alan Napier MacDougald
Tom Fadden Long
Eddie Kane Actor
Charles Cane Gantry
Rafael Storm Aldo
Charles La Torre Portuguese Proprietor
Don Zolaya Concertina Player
Mary Zavian Waitress
Paul Weigel Doctor
Egon Brecher Musician
Dick Baldwin 3rd Engineer
Ralph Dunn Head Guard
William Halligan Lieutenant
Tommy Hughes Doorman
Bob Perry Bartender
George Sorel Police Captain
Gisela Werbiseck Refugee Wife

Technical Credits
Alfred Santell Director
Robert D. Andrews Screenwriter
Lucien Andriot Cinematographer
Decla Dunning Screenwriter
Jules Levy Producer
Michel Michelet Score Composer
Eddie Paul Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Harry Redmond Special Effects
James Sullivan Art Director
William H. Ziegler Editor

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