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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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Cast

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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Her marriage vows were more than fulfilled! See more »

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October 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Face in the Water  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

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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Rumble in the jungle
11 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is a story as old as man. The jealousy for another man's wife and possessions. There are even commandments against it.

In this story, Raymond Burr ("Perry Mason", "Ironside") is the manager of a runner plantation who lusts after the owners wife and feels that he isn't treated with respect. The wife, the starlet Barbara Payton, who was trying to make a comeback after a string of sordid affairs, was lusting after Burr, who killed her husband, Paul Cavanagh.

But, lurking about was a strange woman, the housekeeper (Gisela Werbisek) who sees everything, and who was capable of some voodoo to avenge the wronged, which also included another young woman (Carol Varga) to whom Burr also professed love.

Burr is poisoned and becomes , or thinks he becomes, a gorilla. Payton will have to mate with Kong if she ever wants her marriage consummated, as he goes into the jungle every night.

The end is predictable. But, the stirring question of this film is why Payton would ever be afraid. With those sharply pointed missiles jutting out from her chest, no animal could get near her to do harm.


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