The Hairy Ape

A lower-class ship's mate becomes obsessed with a high society girl after she rejects his advances in this Oscar-nominated classic.
456 ratings
SALE: $5.95
List Price: $7.98
You Save: $2.03 (25% Off)
Available: Usually ships in 1-3 business days
Format:  DVD-R
item number:  ALP 7770D
Brand New
Buy this DVD & matching 11" x 17" Poster Add Both to Cart
Also released as:
Hairy Ape for $10

DVD-R Details

  • Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released: March 1, 2016
  • Originally Released: 1944
  • Label: Alpha Video

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring &
Performer: , , &
Directed by

Entertainment Reviews:


User Ratings: 13
Rating: C+ -- One of those films that profits in some tiny but intriguing way from being such a bastardization of the source material. Full Review
Nick's Flick Picks
Jan 3, 2010
Rating: C -- The dialogue couldn't be cornier. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 16, 2007

Description by

Hank Smith's great strength and childlike nature makes him perfect for the job of chief coal stoker on a mighty ocean liner. He never doubts his role as a common laborer until he is called "a hairy ape" by Mildred Douglas, a spoiled heiress making a transatlantic trip. Docking in New York, Smith walks the city streets in a daze, questioning his formerly unexamined life. His twisted thoughts soon turn to a desire for revenge upon the unsuspecting Mildred, who has returned to her posh Fifth Avenue apartment. Hank breaks into the pretty socialite's home, looking to show the helpless girl how much of an animal he can be...

Eugene O'Neill's play The Hairy Ape first became a hit on Broadway in 1922, starring All Quiet on the Western Front's Louis Wolheim. The actor's untimely death in 1931 stalled plans for a big-budget Hollywood production, as the playwright felt only Wolheim was suitable for the title role. Production resumed in 1943 under the aegis of Jules Levey, who cast William Bendix as Hank Smith. The actor had recently become a household name due to his popular radio show The Life of Riley (he would also star in the later TV version.) On film, he had garnered positive notices for his parts in The Glass Key (1942) and Lifeboat (1944). Glamorous redhead Susan Hayward, cast as the source of Smith's obsession, had gained a following starring opposite Cary Grant in Beau Geste (1939), as well as John Wayne in Reap the Wild Wind (1942). She would be nominated for the Academy Award five times, finally winning in 1958 for I Want to Live! The Hairy Ape also features a rare performance from Dorothy Comingore, who had made such an impression as Susan Oliver in Citizen Kane (1941) but acted comparatively little in Hollywood films. British actor John Loder is well-known for How Green Was My Valley (1941) and Now, Voyager (1942). Another English thespian in the cast, Alan Napier, will forever be remembered for playing Alfred Pennyworth on the Batman TV series (1966-1968). The Hairy Ape was nominated for Best Music Score at the 1945 Academy Awards.

This product is made-on-demand by the manufacturer using DVD-R recordable media. Almost all DVD players can play DVD-Rs (except for some older models made before 2000) - please consult your owner's manual for formats compatible with your player. These DVD-Rs may not play on all computers or DVD player/recorders. To address this, the manufacturer recommends viewing this product on a DVD player that does not have recording capability.
Alpha Video DVDs
Alpha Video - DVD Sale
Own it on DVD for $5.99 or less

Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 21,397
  • UPC: 089218777096
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 1 item

Film Collectors & Archivists: Alpha Video is actively looking for rare and unusual pre-1943 motion pictures, in good condition, from Monogram, PRC, Tiffany, Chesterfield, and other independent studios for release on DVD. We are also interested in TV shows from the early 1950s. Share your passion for films with a large audience. Let us know what you have.
To place an order or for customer service, call toll-free 1-800-336-4627 or outside the United States, call 1-610-649-7565
Open Monday-Friday: 9am-9pm, Weekends: 11am-7pm (Eastern Time)
Se habla Español! Spanish-speaking representatives available, Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm (Eastern Time)