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Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952)

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Two goofy entertainers meet a mad scientist on a jungle island.

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Duke Mitchell ...
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Charlita ...
Nona
Muriel Landers ...
Saloma
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Chief Rakos
Mickey Simpson ...
Chula
Milton Newberger ...
Bongo - the Witch Doctor
Martin Garralaga ...
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Storyline

Entertainers Mitchell and Petrillo (Martin & Lewis clones) parachute into the jungles of the Pacific island of Cola-Cola, where they meet primitive tribesmen, the chief's sarong-clad daughter Nona, and mad scientist Dr. Zabor conducting experiments in evolution. Jealous of Mitchell's relations with Nona, Zabor has just the thing to make a monkey of him... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Brooklyn Chumps Become Island Monkeys In a Jungle Full of Laffs! See more »

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8 October 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Boys from Brooklyn  »

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$50,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Producer Jack Broder had seen an interview with Bela Lugosi in which the actor mentioned that he'd like to do more comedy so he quickly assembled this comic assignment for him. See more »

Quotes

Duke Mitchell: You know, someday I'm gonna let you fry in your own grease!
Sammy Petrillo: Could you make it chicken fat, maybe?
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References Dracula (1931) See more »

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'Deed I Do
by Walter Hirsch & Fred Rose
Sung by Duke Mitchell (uncredited)
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Silly, but cute...
23 July 2000 | by (Warwick, Pa.) – See all my reviews

OK, it was a dumb movie. It was an obvious takeoff of Martin and Lewis, but it was good, clean, innocent fun aimed at the "mad scientist and the gorilla" genre that was enjoyed by Abbott & Costello, The Three Stooges, The Bowery Boys, The Ritz Brothers, etc. Any nostalgia buff would get a nudge instead of a kick out of this film. Sammy Petrillo is almost a clone of Jerry Lewis - even his facial expressions are like carbon copies of Lewis'. Duke Mitchell, on the other hand, needed serious help. Dean Martin he ain't. He can't even sing. If just for the pleasure of seeing Bela Lugosi at his sinister best, tune in. For what few snickers it offers, it's worth a look.


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