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Sh! The Octopus (1937)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Mystery, Thriller  |  11 December 1937 (USA)
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Comedy-mystery finds Detectives Kelly and Dempsey trapped in a deserted lighthouse with a group of strangers who are being terrorized by a killer octopus AND a mysterious crime figure named... See full summary »

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Comedy-mystery finds Detectives Kelly and Dempsey trapped in a deserted lighthouse with a group of strangers who are being terrorized by a killer octopus AND a mysterious crime figure named after the title sea creature. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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The plays referred to in the writers section are "The Gorilla," written by Ralph Spence. which opened in New York in 1925 and ran for 15 performances; and "Sh, The Octopus," written by Ralph Murphy and Donald Gallaher, which opened in New York in 1928 and ran for 45 performances. See more »

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In many scenes, wires operating the octopus's tentacles can be seen. See more »

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Captain Hook: I've been working on this case for nine years.
Detective Dempsey: Any clues?
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Referenced in The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Doesn't make much sense, but ENJOY IT!
8 June 1999 | by (S. Bound Brook, NJ) – See all my reviews

This film is sort of a "nautical" version of the Ritz Bros. "the Gorilla". A criminal known as the "Octopus" is trying to get a secret device from an inventor stranded on an island (with a lighthouse), along with many suspicious characters. (One of whom is the "Octopus"!).

As in the "Gorilla", the plot of this film doesn't make much sense, but sit back & enjoy the thrills & jitters of the secret panels, clutching octopus tentacles (!) and spooky atmosphere! This film is for pure enjoyment; and not to be "analyzed"!

One interesting note: at the end of the film, one of the suspects turns into the "Octopus"& the effect is AMAZING! I pride myself on how they did special effects back then, but I can't figure this out, as the film does NOT "stop action" & change the person into the Octopus; it happens "live"!

Get out the popcorn & enjoy this great escapist film!


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