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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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Complete credited cast:
Jimmy Ritz ...
Garrity - a Ritz Brother
Harry Ritz ...
Al Ritz ...
Norma Denby
Kitty - the Maid
Walter Stevens
Edward Norris ...
Jack Marsden
Wally Vernon ...
Paul Harvey ...
A.P. Conway
Art Miles ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
The Ritz Brothers ...
The Ritz Brothers


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 <>

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Mystery goes merry, with the Ritzes See more »


Comedy | Horror


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Release Date:

26 May 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Gorilla  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the last The Ritz Brothers film directed by Allan Dwan, and their last for 20th Century-Fox (they would move on to Universal). See more »


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 »


Kitty: The Gorilla? HIM? Oh, I'll never trust another man if I live to be a thousand!
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Referenced in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: The Screaming Skull (2010) See more »

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Pleasant Entertainment.
24 August 2003 | by (Newfoundland, Canada) – See all my reviews

That is indeed a fine description for this film which stars The Ritz Brothers mixing their comedic hijinks with Horror icons Lionel Atwill and Bela Lugosi. A young Patsy Kelly is also on hand. The story concerns a villain known as The Gorilla, who may be a human criminal or really an escaped ape no one seems to know for certain one way or the other, threatening the life of one Walter Stevens (Atwill), who hires three bumbling detectives (The Ritz Brothers) to protect him. Lugosi meanwhile plays Stevens' butler Peters and generally appears just at the opportune (or is that inopportune) moment to scare the willies out of and arouse suspicion in The Ritz Brothers detective characters Mulligan, Garrity and Harrigan. Who is the Gorilla? And why does he want Walter Stevens dead? The answer may not be what you expect...honestly I thought this was harmless fun and much better than most make it out to be.

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