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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
Peter Whitney ...
Kovacs
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Shaughnessy--Policeman
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Joe, Detective
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Morse (as John G. Kellogg)
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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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The hate-beast who lives to kill is loose! See more »


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

Soundtracks

This Is My Favorite City
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Music by Josef Myrow
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
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Perfect film....for a drive-in
13 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the "gems" from Anne's first stab at Hollywood. Drive in fodder would be completely forgotten if not for its cast. Anne Bancroft, looking sensational in Technicolor, is as good as the script allows-meaning she manages to keep a straight face during the ridiculous contrivances that the movie presents. Raymond Burr and Lee J. Cobb also put in professional performances, although Lee must have been longing for the days of the Group Theatre during production of this lulu. It's fun to see Lee Marvin just starting out as a clumsy cop. The whole thing is nonsensical but harmless unless you count the mystifying decision to make the usually brunette Cameron Mitchell a bleached blond, it does him no favors.


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