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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:
Barbara Payton ...
Mrs. Dina Van Gelder
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Police Commissioner Taro (as Lon Chaney)
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Barney Chavez
Tom Conway ...
Paul Cavanagh ...
Klaas Van Gelder
Gisela Werbisek ...
Al-Long (as Giselle Werbisek)
Carol Varga ...
Larina
Paul Maxey ...
Van Heusen
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Nedo - Policeman
Martin Garralaga ...
Native
Felippa Rock ...
Stella Van Heusen
Moyna MacGill ...
Mme. Van Heusen
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Storyline

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 <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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October 1951 (USA)  »

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The Face in the Water  »

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During the filming of this movie, Barbara Payton's husband, Franchot Tone, had a private detective spy on her to try to catch her cheating on him. He managed to take a picture of her and Woody Strode in bed together. See more »

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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 »

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[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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"I'm at home in the jungle"
3 January 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The most interesting thing about Bride Of The Gorilla is that Lon Chaney, Jr. and Raymond Burr seemed to switch roles. As the film bore more than a passing resemblance to one of Chaney's wolf man features at Universal it seemed like both were in each other's roles. Would that Bride Of The Gorilla were as good as one of those Universal Gothic horror films.

Chaney is a police inspector and Burr is the foreman on a rubber plantation in one of those northern South American colonies, my guess would be Dutch Guiana as Tom Conway as Dr. Viet says he's there under a government contract. Burr's got eyes for the plantation mistress Barbara Payton who is married to the much older Paul Cavanaugh. After Cavanaugh is killed by a poisonous snake after Burr knocks him down in a fight he gets Payton and weds her.

Unfortunately he left a witness in old Gisela Werbisek who is a Maria Ouspenskaya wannabe. She puts a curse on Burr and after that some strange killings of animals start happening in the jungle. Like a werewolf on a prowl. And Burr starts behaving real strange as well.

This very talented group of players deserved a whole lot better than this wolf man ripoff.


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