The New Pictures, Jun. 19, 1944

The Hairy Ape (United Artists), as Eugene O'Neill conceived him, was a one-man proletariat, a crude yet powerful symbol. A huge, half-demented ship's stoker, he was obsessed with the proud idea that he made the ship go, and ready to beat the brains out of anyone who attempted to gainsay him. He lost his mind when a slumming, crisply clad, attractive woman passenger, appalled (and excited) by his looks and language, recoiled and called him "the filthy beast!" At large ashore, he treated society much as an...

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