The Monkey's Paw

  • 1933
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Horror

A classic horror story retold many times, THE MONKEY'S PAW tells the story of an army sergeant, Smith, who brings a magical paw from India to England. A brief prolog was added to the film after principal photography was completed (this consisted of some scenes in India with Smith and a battle in the Khyber Pass). He drops in on a middle-aged couple (Simpson,...read more

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A classic horror story retold many times, THE MONKEY'S PAW tells the story of an army sergeant, Smith, who brings a magical paw from India to England. A brief prolog was added to the film after principal photography was completed (this consisted of some scenes in India with Smith and a

battle in the Khyber Pass). He drops in on a middle-aged couple (Simpson, Carter) he has not seen for many years. In telling of his adventures in India, he mentions the monkey's paw and how the three wishes it had granted had given him great sorrow. Next morning when the sergeant leaves, the

husband surreptitiously takes the paw thinking to wish for a dowry for his son who wants to marry his sweetheart. However, the money comes in the form of compensation for the death of his son who had an accident at his place of work. He wishes for his son to be alive again but (remembering that

the paw's wishes can cause misshapen results) cancels his request. He throws the paw in the fire. On the second day, he awakens to find that his son is alive and that he had dreamed the previous day's events. This story usually ended at the death sequence, but director Ruggles decided to go for

the hackneyed dream ending. A decision that wrecked the movie for the discerning and did nothing for the blockheads who yapped it up on viewing all the morbidity involved. Remade in 1948 under the same title.

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