in about 100 words or less
US 86m, B&W, Silent
Director: Roland West; Cast: Lon Chaney, Johnny Arthur, Gertrude Olmstead, Hallam Cooley, Charles Sellon, Walter James, Knute Erickson, George Austin
The Monster is an early “Old Dark House” styled comedy which features a mad doctor whose oddball band of henchmen kidnap unsuspecting motorists who happen to be in the vicinity of the old sanitarium where he conducts his experiments to discover the secret of eternal life. Investigating the local disappearances is Johnny Goodlittle, a weak hearted amateur detective, who provides much of the film’s comic relief. Disappointingly, the film never really delivers a monster, nor does it make much use of Chaney’s mildly frightening character (Klaus Ming March 2017).