“The Monster Walks” is a 1932 black-and-white horror film directed by Frank R. Strayer. The plot revolves around a wealthy but ill-tempered man named Robert Earlton who dies suddenly, leaving behind a sizable estate that includes a creepy mansion and a fortune in diamonds. His will stipulates that the diamonds are to be divided equally among his surviving relatives.
The film opens with Robert’s daughter Ruth, her fiancé Dr. Ted Clayton, and a group of other relatives arriving at the mansion for the reading of the will. They are met by the housekeeper, who warns them that strange things have been happening in the house and that there may be a monster on the loose.
Soon after the reading of the will, strange things start to happen. Doors mysteriously open and close, strange noises are heard, and someone or something seems to be lurking in the shadows. The tension escalates when the family’s butler, Hanns, is found dead, apparently killed by the monster.
As the family members try to figure out who or what is responsible for the murders, they discover that there are hidden passages and secret rooms in the mansion, and that someone is determined to get their hands on the diamonds at any cost.
As the bodies pile up, the remaining family members realize that they must work together to solve the mystery and stop the killer before it’s too late. In the end, the true identity of the monster is revealed, and justice is served.
Overall, “The Monster Walks” is a classic horror film with all the trappings of the genre – a creepy old mansion, hidden passages, secret rooms, and a monster on the loose. It’s a fun and entertaining movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
Frank R. Strayer
Mischa Auer, Martha Mattox, Rex Lease