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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
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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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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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