The Creeper (1948)

Article #57 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 5-12-2001
Posting date: 9-25-2001

Two scientists, Dr. Jim Bordon (Onslow Stevens) and Dr. Lester Cavigny (Ralph Morgan) are experimenting with a serum designed to illuminate organs of the human body: Bordon wishes to continue research, but Cavigny is having doubts about the side effects of the serum. Meanwhile, Cavigny’s daughter, Nora (June Vincent), who has developed a fear of cats, is having strangely real nightmares involving a cat creature.

Despite the title and the director (Jean Yarbrough), this has nothing to do with the Rondo Hatton character known as the Creeper, though Yarbrough directed several of these films. In fact, this is one of Yarbrough’s best films; there are some very striking visual moments involving shadows that I’ve not seen in the director’s other works. The plot is quite complicated, and tends to unfold in a convoluted way, and there are times where it is difficult to figure out what is going on. There are other problems, but overall, I think this movie has enough interesting elements to make it worth a viewing.

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