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The Gorilla (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Horror | 26 May 1939 (USA)
When a wealthy man (Atwill) is threatened by a killer known as The Gorilla, he hires the Ritz Brothers to investigate. A real escaped gorilla shows up at the mansion just as the ... See full summary »

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Jimmy Ritz ...
Garrity - a Ritz Brother
Harry Ritz ...
Al Ritz ...
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Norma Denby
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Kitty - the Maid
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Walter Stevens
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Stranger
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Jack Marsden
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Seaman
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A.P. Conway
Art Miles ...
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When a wealthy man (Atwill) is threatened by a killer known as The Gorilla, he hires the Ritz Brothers to investigate. A real escaped gorilla shows up at the mansion just as the investigators arrive. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The original play opened in New York on 28 April 1925. See more »

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When Harrigan dismisses the other Ritz Brothers fro the kitchen, he walks back over to Kitty and a camera shadow falls across her. See more »

Quotes

Kitty: The Gorilla? HIM? Oh, I'll never trust another man if I live to be a thousand!
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Featured in Lugosi: Hollywood's Dracula (1997) See more »

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The Marx Brothers They AIN'T! The Marx Brothers They AIN'T!
3 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had gotten the impression from a fellow Marx Brothers fan that the Ritz Brothers also were funny, that "if like like the Marx Brothers, you'll like these guys, too."

Are you kidding? The Ritz Brothers aren't even close to the MB in humor and entertainment. These guys were not funny; just stupid. I know humor was different back in the late 1930s, but this was just plain dumb. Maybe the Ritz's are an acquired taste.

With a story that involves detectives battling sinister characters, an ape who had escaped from a carnival, secret passageways and hidden doors-in-walls in a haunted-type house environment, etc., this should have been a really funny and entertaining movie.....but these guys just aren't funny. They botched it up. The Marx Brothers, or the The Three Stooges, would have made this story hilarious.


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