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Sh! The Octopus (1937)

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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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Marcia Ralston ...
Vesta Vernoff
John Eldredge ...
Paul Morgan
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David Dow Harriman
Margaret Irving ...
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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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11 December 1937 (USA)  »

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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 »

Quotes

Detective Harold Kelly: You know this fella Clancy?
Detective Dempsey: No but he's Irish ain't he?
Detective Harold Kelly: Sure.
Detective Dempsey: About time the police department did something with the Irish.
Detective Harold Kelly: They should try to do something without the Irish.
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Remade as The Gorilla (1939) See more »

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Quite simply one of the coolest B movies ever made
3 February 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Delightfully irreverent variation on the old dark house comedy thriller. This one takes place in and below a lighthouse. The plot is so weird and things are explained then unexplained then explained again that I don't fault someone for thinking it makes no sense. But that's kind of the point. It's such a completely off-the-wall bizarre movie that I can't help but love it. It's totally ridiculous from start to finish. If you're too straight-laced for that, then you'll probably be filled with anger at this unassuming movie that's not even an hour that dared to waste your time. I've read a review or two like that and had to shake my head. What kind of sour puss do you have to be to not at least moderately enjoy, if not outright love, this movie? It's got nice sets, a fun cast, and some good special effects (especially for the time). Allen Jenkins is terrific. Yes, Hugh Herbert is an acquired taste. I get that. I admit I've been annoyed by him in other roles with all of his woo-hooing and fidgeting. But that's usually because he felt out of place in those movies. Here, his shtick is right at home. Just relax, don't take it more seriously than it was intended, and have some fun with it.


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