5.3/10
434
24 user 13 critic

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.

Director:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Raid (1954)
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Van Heflin As Maj. Neal Benton

Director: Hugo Fregonese
Stars: Van Heflin, Anne Bancroft, Richard Boone
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A Confederate Major and his troops are falsely led to believe the Civil War is not over, and become wanted men after they attack a Union Army wagon train in Nevada.

Director: Roy Huggins
Stars: Randolph Scott, Donna Reed, Claude Jarman Jr.
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Educated but hot-headed Mitch Baker travels to the border town of Mission intent on avenging the death of his secret service father at the hand of contraband gang leader Newton.

Director: Allan Dwan
Stars: Anne Bancroft, Billy Miller, Leo Gordon
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A party girl is murdered, and everyone at a Utah motel is a suspect.

Director: Howard W. Koch
Stars: Lex Barker, Anne Bancroft, Mamie Van Doren
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Antonio Gomez, a nearly down-and-out musician, is a widower with a young boy, Paco. Fighting to support his boy in the face of unemployment and neighbors who want custody of his son (... See full summary »

Directors: Harry Horner, Rafael Portillo
Stars: Ricardo Montalban, Anne Bancroft, Lee Marvin
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A top syndicate crime boss and his corrupt politicians, make multi-million deals and order murders , until the vicious pattern finally catches up to him.

Director: Russell Rouse
Stars: Broderick Crawford, Richard Conte, Anne Bancroft
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A woman is haunted by recurring nightmares, which seem to be instigated by her late husband who supposedly was killed in a fire.

Director: William Castle
Stars: Robert Taylor, Barbara Stanwyck, Judi Meredith
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Jean-Paul rebels against his bondage to his uncle, the Marquis de St. Malo, and journeys to the far-off Mayan hills of Guatemala seeking a hidden treasure. He is the rightful heir to his ... See full summary »

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: Cornel Wilde, Constance Smith, Finlay Currie
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Story of the legendary impresario Sol Hurok and the many stars that he introduced and represented to the world of music.

Director: Mitchell Leisen
Stars: David Wayne, Ezio Pinza, Roberta Peters
Certificate: Passed Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

The owner of a plantation in the jungle marries a beautiful woman. Shortly afterward, he is plagued by a strange voodoo curse which transforms him into a gorilla.

Director: Curt Siodmak
Stars: Barbara Payton, Lon Chaney Jr., Raymond Burr
Adventure | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  

A young European boy living in San Francisco is reluctant to marry his long-term girlfriend because he wants to travel around the world first. His wealthy uncle agrees to send him on a ... See full summary »

Director: Juan Piquer Simón
Stars: Terence Stamp, Peter Cushing, Ian Sera
Comedy | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A dangerous amnesiac escapes from an asylum, hides in the opera house, and is suspected of getting revenge on those who tried to murder him 13 years ago.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone
Stars: Warner Oland, Boris Karloff, Keye Luke
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Joey Matthews
...
Laverne Miller
...
Detective Sgt. Garrison
...
Cy Miller
...
Audrey Baxter
...
Kovacs
...
Shaughnessy--Policeman
...
Joe, Detective
...
Morse (as John G. Kellogg)
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

in 3-D! See more »


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

May 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Gorilla  »

Box Office

Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Director Joe Dante has called this film "the only 3-D movie where they throw objects away from the camera". See more »

Goofs

In several scenes, when Goliath is carrying Laverne over his shoulders, a dummy is clearly used. 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.
See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

I Know Why
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Carnival Of Murder
26 September 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Although Goliath the gorilla in Gorilla At Large is not a monster like King Kong he does create a whole lot of mischief at the carnival he's a feature attraction at. Several murders are suspected of being pinned on the poor beast. But is a human hand behind it all.

There are no lacking suspects in this film, the whole show is filled with intrigue of all kinds. Police detective Lee J. Cobb first suspects young Cameron Mitchell who is working at Raymond Burr's carnival for the summer. Wife Anne Bancroft who is a trapeze artist wants to get Mitchell in the act and she eyes him like a slab of beef. Her former husband Peter Whitney is the animal handler and the real friend of Goliath.

Given the title I was really expecting some kind of schlock film, but Gorilla At Large is a very nicely done mystery with a really good cast of solid players. Lee Marvin has an unusual part for him, he plays a really dumb uniform cop under whose watch the gorilla escapes and wreaks havoc on any and all.

The ending is a surprise, I guarantee you will not suspect who it is.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?