Return of the Ape Man (1944)

The “Monogram 9”, that is, the nine Monogram movies starring Bela Lugosi produced by Sam Katz­man for his Banner Productions from 1941 to 1944, run the gamut from comedy via crime thriller to horror, with critical praise usually limited to the first of them, The Invisible Ghost (1941, directed by Joseph H. Lewis). Suffice to say that most of the joy to be found in the Monogram 9 comes from watching Lugosi refusing to play down to the…