The Brute Man (1946) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Brute Man (1946)





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After a chemistry mishap, a disfigured man seeks murderous revenge upon his old college mates he holds responsible. As the Creeper, Rondo Hatton stars in the last film before his death at 42 years of age. Hatton, in real life, was a victim of acromegaly, a disease which causes abnormal and accelerated growth of the bones in the hands, feet and face.

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Rondo Hatton
as The Creeper
Jane Adams
as Helen Paige
Jan Wiley
as Virginia Rogers Scott
Tom Neal
as Clifford Scott
Fred Coby
as Hal Moffat in his Youth
John Hamilton
as Professor Cushman
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Critic Reviews for The Brute Man

All Critics (3)

Though obscure and just a mediocre film, film buffs have maintained an interest in it through the years because of their curiosity over the grotesque looking Rondo Hatton.

August 13, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Often sad, often chlling Rondo Hatton Universal programmer.

May 25, 2007 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for The Brute Man

Watching some of the old MST3K episodes available for streaming on Hulu and Netflix (there is a different random selection on each platform). Whether it is Joel or Mike watching these awful movies with the bots I do not envy their torture. Their snarky comments add some entertainment value, but my ratings are based on the movie's quality itself and not the commentary broadcast from the satellite of love. Rondo Hatton suffered from acromegaly, a slowly progressing disease of deformity. He starred here as Hal Moffat AKA 'The Creeper,' a sympathetic monster in the style of Frankenstein's creation. In fact it was the last film he appeared in and Rondo had died earlier in 1946 before this screened. Hal Moffat seeks revenge on former scientific partners who left him in a chemical accident. There is even a sweet romance as a blind piano teacher played by Jane Adams treats him with the human compassion that he so rarely receives. The police drama tracking down The Creeper is not very interesting, but the film noir aesthetic is quite good. And every time Rondo Hatton is on screen I found myself drawn in to his plight.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

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This movie is the Toxic Avenger of the forties. Not a great movie, but it's interesting to watch.

Aj V
Aj V

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