Bride of the Gorilla (1951)

Passed  |   |  Horror  |  October 1951 (USA)
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The owner of a plantation in the jungle marries a beautiful woman. Shortly afterward, he is plagued by a strange voodoo curse which transforms him into a gorilla.



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Complete credited cast:
Police Commissioner Taro (as Lon Chaney)
Barney Chavez
Klaas Van Gelder
Gisela Werbisek ...
Al-Long (as Giselle Werbisek)
Carol Varga ...
Paul Maxey ...
Van Heusen
Nedo - Policeman
Martin Garralaga ...
Felippa Rock ...
Stella Van Heusen
Moyna MacGill ...
Mme. Van Heusen


Deep in the South American jungle plantation manager Barney Chavez (Raymond Burr) kills his elderly employer in order to get to his beautiful wife (Barbara Payton). However, an old native witch witnesses the crime and puts a curse on Barney, who soon after finds himself turning nightly into a rampaging gorilla. But is his transformation real or is it all in his head? Written by Jeremy Lunt <>

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Her clothes torn away, screaming in terror! See more »




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Release Date:

October 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Face in the Water  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Edward G. Robinson Jr. was originally cast in the movie but was fired by the producers following his arrest for writing a bad check for $138 to a Laguna Beach garage. See more »


When Dina goes searching for Barney in the jungle for the first time, we see a quick shot of a leopard climbing up into a tree. Although this scene is supposed to be outdoors (the jungle), both the leopard and the leaves around him are casting shadows on the "sky" behind them. The sky is obviously a wall or backdrop. See more »


[first lines]
Police Commissioner Taro: [narration] This is Jungle - lush, green, alive with incredible growth - as young as day, as old as time. I, Taro, Police Commissioner of Itman County, which borders the Amazonas River, know it as well as any man will ever know it. Isn't it beautiful? But I have also learned that beauty can be venomous, deadly, something terrifying, something of prehistoric ages when monstrous superstitions ruled the minds of men, something that has haunted the world for millions of years rose out ...
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Edited into Dark Jungle Theater: Episode #1.2 (2015) See more »

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Odd, almost surreal, jungle madness
20 July 2001 | by (NYC & Cherry Grove) – See all my reviews

O.K., so this is not a critical classic. In fact, it's oddball, low-budget nonsense. But you have to admit, it's great fun to watch. It's so strange that it forces you to watch it to the very end, just so you can be sure you are not making an error about the preposterous plot you're seeing. It's campy madness and I'de recommend it to anyone interested in the obscure. You will find yourself wondering: How did they ever get Raymond Burr to take such a role?

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