The Monster Maker
The Monster Maker is a 1944 science-fiction horror film starring J. Carrol Naish and Ralph Morgan. Dr. Markoff (J. Carrol Naish) has concocted a formula that spreads a hideous disease named acromegaly – which extends bones and distorts facial features. Markoff has no moral dilemma in experimenting on unsuspecting human subjects. His amoral behavior assumes monstrous dimensions when famed concert pianist Lawrence (Ralph Morgan) is injected with the doctor’s disease-inducing serum. In return for an antidote, Markoff intends to exact more than his pound of flesh by extorting a fortune from Lawrence and demanding the hand of the musician’s pretty daughter Patricia (Wanda McKay). Albert Glasser supplied the film score, his first, an assignment for which he was paid US$250.
PRC hadn’t released a horror picture in nearly 17 months, having spent most of 1943 substantially expanding their capabilities by purchasing the bankrupt Chadwick Studio (a poverty row operation that specialized in renting stages and production equipment to low-budget producers along Gower) for $305,000. While critics, what few that would review a PRC release, complained about the film’s lack of action, production values were noted to be somewhat higher than earlier releases.The working title of this film was The Devil’s Apprentice.