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Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952) Poster

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This is the only known existing filmed record showing Duke Mitchell and Sammy Petrillo doing their act, which was a blatant imitation of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis (Lewis, in fact, later sued Petrillo for copying his act so closely).
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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)".
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Filmed in nine days on a budget of $50,000.
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Sammy Petrillo was only 17 when he made the film.
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Ramona the chimp was played by Cheetah, from the Tarzan movies.
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Released in October 1952, this film attempted to take advantage of the very successful Dean Martin-Jerry Lewis films: My Friend Irma (1949), My Friend Irma Goes West (1950), At War with the Army (1950), That's My Boy (1951), Sailor Beware (1952) and Jumping Jacks (1952).
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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.
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Duke Mitchell and Sammy Petrillo both receive "introducing" credits.
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The original title was intended to be "White Woman of the Lost Jungle". It was changed when producer Herman Cohen wanted to exploit Bela Lugosi's involvement.
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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.
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