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MAN-MADE MONSTER is a 1941 black-and-white science fiction -horror film from Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures
, produced by Jack Bernhard , directed by George Waggner , that stars Lon Chaney, Jr.
Lon Chaney, Jr.
(in his horror film debut) and Lionel Atwill
Lionel Atwill
. Man-Made Monster was re-released under various titles including Electric Man and The Mysterious Dr. R. Realart Pictures re-released the film in 1953 under the title The Atomic Monster on a double bill with The Flying Saucer (1950).

The plot resembles The Invisible Ray (1936), The Walking Dead (1936) and 1956's Indestructible Man , also featuring Chaney although not directly inspired to Man-Made Monster.

CONTENTS

* 1 Plot * 2 Cast * 3 Production * 4 Reception * 5 Distribution * 6 References * 7 External links

PLOT

A tragic accident occurs when a bus hits a high power line. The incident has claimed the lives of all on board, except for one Dan McCormick ( Lon Chaney, Jr.
Lon Chaney, Jr.
), who survives because he is, surprisingly, immune to the deadly electricity. McCormick does a sideshow exhibit as Dynamo Dan, the Electric Man and is taken in by Dr. John Lawrence ( Samuel S. Hinds ), who wants to study him. Dr. Lawrence's colleague, mad scientist Dr. Paul Rigas ( Lionel Atwill
Lionel Atwill
) has something else in mind, though. He wants to create an army of electrobiologically -driven zombies . He gives McCormick progressively higher doses of electricity until his mind is ruined and left dependent on the addicting electrical charges. This temporarily gives McCormick the touch of death, making him capable of killing anyone he touches by electrocution . After accidentally killing Lawrence, Rigas insures McCormick's conviction to see what will happen if he is sent to the electric chair . McCormick survives, and with a super charge in his glowing body he kills several people, including Rigas, before running out of electricity and dying.

CAST

* Lionel Atwill
Lionel Atwill
as Dr. Paul Rigas * Lon Chaney, Jr.
Lon Chaney, Jr.
as Dan McCormick * Anne Nagel as June Lawrence * Frank Albertson
Frank Albertson
as Mark Adams * Samuel S. Hinds as Dr. John Lawrence * William B. Davidson as Ralph Stanley, the district attorney * Ben Taggart as Detective sergeant * Constance Bergen as Nurse * Ivan Miller as Doctor * Chester Gan as Wong * George Meader as Dr. Bruno * Frank O\'Connor as Detective * John Dilson as Medical examiner * Byron Foulger as Alienist * Russell Hicks as Warden Harris

PRODUCTION

Theatrical poster for the renamed and reissued The Atomic Monster.

Back in 1936, Boris Karloff was originally selected to play the role of Dan McCormick with Bela Lugosi to appear as Dr. Rigas. This earlier version of the film, which was titled The Electric Man, ended up being scrapped by the studio because the concept was too similar to another Karloff/Lugosi movie, The Invisible Ray . The script was then shelved for the next four years before being revived in 1940 under new management at Universal.

When Man-Made Monster finally went into production, it was considered by the studio to be a quick, low-budget affair. Shot in three weeks and with