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Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952)

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Duke Mitchell ...
Duke Mitchell
Sammy Petrillo ...
Sammy Petrillo
Charlita ...
Nona
Muriel Landers ...
Saloma
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Chief Rakos
Mickey Simpson ...
Chula
Milton Newberger ...
Bongo - the Witch Doctor
Martin Garralaga ...
Pepe Bordo / Waiter
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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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Horror | Comedy | Sci-Fi

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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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In his research and preparation for playing Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood (1994), the biopic of cult director Edward D. Wood Jr., Martin Landau watched this film three times stunned, saying that it was so bad "it made the Ed Wood films look like Gone with the Wind (1939)". See more »

Quotes

Duke Mitchell: Don't mind my friend. He has a one-syllable brain.
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References Jumping Jacks (1952) See more »

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Too Soon
by Nick Therry
Sung by Duke Mitchell (uncredited)
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Bela Meets the Clone
28 May 2003 | by (Streamwood, IL) – See all my reviews

Bela and Jerry Lewis clone Sammy make this oddity worth watching at least once. This film was made for DVD...so you can rapidly forward through some boring romantic scenes. Amazingly this silly film sort of grows on you like a fungus with multiple viewings; somehow it is goofy-innocent in all its dumb or dumber glory. "Gorilla" kind of reminded me of Lugosi's early 1940's hammy Monogram films despite the lack of musical numbers in the earlier films; not that anyone needs Duke Mitchell's singing (which reminded me of Elvis with a chest cold). This is one of the few non-European films of Lugosi's I had never seen, so it was a fresh experience. The DVD I bought had amazing picture clarity and sound quality; just the opposite of what is usually released at $6.99. Still, without Lugosi, the "Gorilla" probably would have decomposed in its film can long ago, and I'll admit the film is primarily of interest to bad film fans.


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