The hairy ape

The hairy ape

Original title: The hairy ape
Production: Mayfair Productions Inc.; United Artists
Country: United States
Director: Alfred Santell
Script: Robert Hardy Andrews; Decla Dunning
Photography: Lucien N. Andriot
Music: Michel Michelet
Cast: Susan Hayward; William Bendix; John Loder; Dorothy Comingore
Year: 1944
Duration: 92
Genre: Drama
Color: BW
Original language: English
Languages available: English; Spanish
Subtitles: Spanish


 Hank Smith, a brutish stoker on board a freighter, is appalled when Mildred Douglas, a society girl forced by circumstance to travel as a passenger, visits the stokehold and recoils at the filthy, sweating Hank. A powerhouse of a man with a primitive confidence, Hank has never been looked down on before nor suffered the insult "hairy ape" flung at him by the rich girl. At first he seeks vengeance for the insult, but broods over it until more than anything, he desires to understand it. When the ship reaches port, he seeks her out in her upper class surroundings, determined to grasp the meaning of the encounter.


 Nominated to 1 Oscar in 1945: Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Michel Michelet and Edward Paul)

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