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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Complete credited cast:
Duke Mitchell ...
Duke Mitchell
Sammy Petrillo ...
Sammy Petrillo
Charlita ...
Muriel Landers ...
Chief Rakos
Mickey Simpson ...
Milton Newberger ...
Bongo - the Witch Doctor
Martin Garralaga ...
Pepe Bordo / Waiter


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 <>

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Release Date:

8 October 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Boys from Brooklyn  »

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$50,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bela Lugosi's name never appears in the credits in the version of the movie that uses the "Boys from Brooklyn" title screen. Presumably the original title of "Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla" made a listing in the credits unnecessary, but since that was the only place his name appeared, the title change meant that his name disappeared completely from the credits, as there are no cast credits at the end of the movie either. See more »


Dr. Zabor: And you better get some laughs this time, or you'll be collecting unemployment insurance.
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Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Man-Made Monsters (1996) See more »


Too Soon
by Nick Therry
Sung by Duke Mitchell (uncredited)
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Not at all Entertaining, But Interesting to Watch
10 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

Yes, Duke Mitchell and Sammy Petrillo were attempting to ripoff Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Lewis had to take Petrillo to court to make him stop the impersonation (Interesting to note, Lewis was copying black vaudevillian Jimmy Cross' act himself and becoming famous for it, while Cross' race would hold him back). Mitchell is no Martin, but if I had to choose listening to either one, I would choose Mitchell over Martin's crooning. I thought Mitchell had much more life in his singing.

Other than that, had I been Jerry Lewis and I had seen a guy who looked this much like me, I would have signed him up immediately. Petrillo is so strong at resembling Lewis, they could have been boggling portraying twin brothers in a movie, but as the egotistical rift tore between Martin and Lewis, you could just imagine how Petrillo would have gone at it with Lewis. In some scenes, you can see Petrillo is masking animosity as comedy. From beginning to end the only thing that held my attention was 'That's not Jerry Lewis from the telethons.' If Mitchell had bore a resemblance to Martin, the illusion may have been even more convincing. Muriel Landers was a welcome, a rotund woman who is flirtatious and pursuing while not being threatening, something virtually unseen even today in film and television. Not a film to see for entertainment, but to just study and contemplate what is and isn't popular. Lewis was famous, Petrillo wasn't. See if you can tell the difference.

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