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The Gorilla (1939)

Approved  |   |  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 ...
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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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Bela Lugosi's first role following Ygor in Son of Frankenstein (1939). 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

Poe's keeper: Don't you know Poe hates women?
Kitty: So does Kipling.
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Remake of The Bat Whispers (1930) See more »

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The Gorilla (1939) **1/2
14 April 2005 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

This was my first encounter with The Ritz Brothers and, although I'll freely admit that their relentless mugging is an acquired taste, I found the film to be quite amusing at times; this variation on the "old dark house" theme has a good cast (the typically shady Lionel Atwill, our very own Joseph Calleia, a rather wasted Bela Lugosi and Patsy Kelly as a wisecracking maid) and some neat atmospheric lighting going for it...although it does tend to lose steam in its latter stages. Hopefully, one day I may also get the chance to watch The Ritz Brothers sinking their teeth into THE THREE MUSKETEERS (1939), also helmed by their GORILLA director, Hollywood veteran Allan Dwan.


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