Gorilla at Large (1954)

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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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Complete credited cast:
Joey Matthews
Laverne Miller
Detective Sgt. Garrison
Cy Miller
Charlotte Austin ...
Audrey Baxter
Peter Whitney ...
Joe, Detective
John Kellogg ...
Morse (as John G. Kellogg)


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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Release Date:

May 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Gorilla  »

Box Office


$400,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


When practicing the new act, Kovacs lifts Laverne over his head. A cable is clearly visible around Laverne's waist to support her weight. The cable disappears when he puts her down. See more »


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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Featured in Hollywood Remembers Lee Marvin (2000) See more »


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Vintage Lee Marvin, NEED I SAY MORE!
25 December 2003 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Just to see Lee Marvin mirroring the Gorilla is worth the price of admission. Funny, but Marvin looked kind of natural when he ended up behind the bars of the gorilla's cage. He does seem to have that sort of beastly appearance, but in a nice sort of way. These old B movies are great. Hey, it is in COLOR!

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