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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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$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 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 »

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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Featured in Doogie Howser, M.D.: Doogie Got a Gun (1992) See more »

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Chattanooga Choo Choo
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
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Gorilla At Large !
12 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've seen this film being bashed before within other circles and forums and I'm always somewhat puzzled by it. We're talking 1950's era, 3-D, monster hokum here folks. Fun, lighthearted with none of it meant to be taken all that seriously. It's sort of like trying to critique, ' Plan 9 From Outer Space ' ; it's all a little beyond that, isn't it ? Let's all go to the Saturday matinée for some laughs and a good time ! Visually enjoyable in wonderful color, great nostalgia value centering around the old amusement park with the fun house, room of mirrors, dodgems, trapeze act and all the rest. Including cotton candy ! The impressive, high profile cast, ( see the credits for yourself ) must of been having a grand old time with it all. The unoriginality of the ' gorilla ' is usually the main focus point for the films negative comments. Sure, you keep an eye on him to stay up to speed with the story but Anne Bancroft is, of course, the main attraction. At twenty - something and gorgeous, she spends the majority of her on screen time in Capri swim suits and black, fishnet tights; often contorted or strategically placed into unconventional physical positions. Yessiree. So who was paying attention to the big monkey ? MONTER ON THE MIDWAY !! Recommended.


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