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Gorilla at Large (1954)

At a carnival called the Garden of Evil, a man is murdered, apparently by a gorilla...or someone in a gorilla suit.

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Joey Matthews
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Laverne Miller
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Detective Sgt. Garrison
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Cy Miller
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Audrey Baxter
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Kovacs
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Shaughnessy--Policeman
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Joe, Detective
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At sinister carnival The Garden of Evil, the main attraction is Goliath, "world's largest gorilla...cost the lives of 1,000 men before his capture." Barker Joey Matthews is about to enter the gorilla act, teamed with seductive mantrap Laverne, the owner's wife. Then a man is found dead of a broken neck. Was it Goliath or someone wearing Joey's gorilla suit? Detective Sgt. Garrison finds four interlocked romantic triangles among the suspects... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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May 1954 (USA)  »

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The Gorilla  »

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$400,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Later in life, Anne Bancroft would cite this film in interviews as an example of how bad her early roles for Twentieth Century Fox were. See more »

Goofs

When Shaughnessy is standing in front of the gorilla's cage door and is knocked out the gorilla walks out of the cage normally without stepping over a body. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Garrison: You've always been this alert, Shaughnessy?
Shaughnessy: Always on my toes!
Sgt. Garrison: Well, get off 'em. You're a cop, not a ballet dancer.
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Connections

Featured in Behind the Planet of the Apes (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Me and My Fella and a Big Umbrella
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Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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Bring on the Gorilla!
11 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

It's a sad fact that once the technical problems offsetting the impact of 3-D were solved, the public just weren't interested any more. Gorilla at Large is case in point. Here's a film, beautifully photographed in Technicolor and processed by the Technicolor laboratories (not Deluxe DeLousy) with images as sharp as the proverbial pin, with plenty of 3-D thrills provided by both the intriguing murder thriller plot and its colorfully atmospheric circus background, with excellent acting from a top-flight cast, neatly directed and most entertainingly produced, — yet seemingly everyone hates it.

Why? Two reasons: (1) Anne Bancroft has spent her whole life rubbishing the film; (2) A technically inept TV presentation in murky color in the United States in the 1980s has given the movie bad word-of-mouth.

When I saw the movie on its first release, the audience loved it, despite the fact that we seeing the picture in a flat version in which the 3-D thrills were robbed of most of their impact.

Gorilla at Large does not pretend to be some pompous dissection of American life along the lines of The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, but a simple slice of entertaining escapism with some interesting characters (forcefully enacted, as said, by a first-rate cast, including the much self-maligned Miss Bancroft) caught up in a fascinating, pacily directed thriller with A-1 production values.

What more can a movie-lover ask?

If I had a choice between seeing Gorilla at Large and any Fox film (except The Gunfighter) featuring the studio's number-one star, Gregory Peck, I'd unhesitatingly say, "Bring on the gorilla!"


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