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The Gorilla (1939)

 -  Comedy | Horror  -  26 May 1939 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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
Edward Norris ...
Jack Marsden
Wally Vernon ...
Seaman
Paul Harvey ...
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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26 May 1939 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Bela Lugosi's first role following Ygor in Son of Frankenstein (1939). See more »

Goofs

The sailor is bareheaded when the group go to search the garage, but his hat appears suddenly in his hand when he is at the cage and looking for the keys. See more »

Quotes

Kitty: Why couldn't all of this have happened tomorrow?
Norma Denby: What difference would that make?
Kitty: Tomorrow's my day off!
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The Best Ritz Brothers Film!
4 June 1999 | by (S. Bound Brook, NJ) – See all my reviews

The Ritz Bros. were ending their contract with this studio, and this film was the last in the contract. Most reviewers say this is their WORST film but, having seen most of their films, I TOTALLY disagree.

It is their BEST film!

Why? First of all, the Ritz Bros. were under the (false!) impression that they are singers & dancers. This film mercifully contains NONE of that!

A creepy old house, with a killer known as "The Gorilla" running loose, attempting to murder Lionel Atwill at the stroke of midnite.

Bela Lugosi lends some creepy (& comic!) moments, and Patsy Kelly is HILARIOUS!

Even tho the plot doesn't make too much sense, this is an extremely enjoyable "Old House" comedy.

Norm


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