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Konga -- A London botonist returns from Africa with a small chimpanzee. After injecting the animal with a serum extracted from a carnivorous plant the once docile chimp goes on a rampage throughout London.
Konga -- Trailer for Konga


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Release Date:
March 1961 (UK) See more »
Not since "King Kong"...has the screen exploded with such mighty fury and spectacle!
Dr.Decker comes back from Africa after a year, presumed dead. During that year, he came across a way of growing plants and animals to an enormous size... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Gough ... Dr. Charles Decker
Margo Johns ... Margaret
Jess Conrad ... Bob Kenton
Claire Gordon ... Sandra Banks
Austin Trevor ... Dean Foster
Jack Watson ... Supt. Brown
George Pastell ... Prof. Tagore
Vanda Godsell ... Bob's Mother
Stanley Morgan ... Insp. Lawson
Grace Arnold ... Miss Barnesdell
Leonard Sachs ... Bob's Father
Nicholas Bennett ... Daniel
Kim Tracy ... Mary
Rupert Osborne ... Eric Kenton
Waveney Lee ... Janet Kenton
John Welsh ... Commissioner Garland
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Steven Berkoff ... Student on field trip (uncredited)
Herman Cohen ... First man buying newspaper (uncredited)
Iain Gregory ... (uncredited)
Paul Stockman ... Konga (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Man in Crowd (uncredited)

Directed by
John Lemont 
Writing credits
Aben Kandel (original story) and
Herman Cohen (original story)

Aben Kandel (screenplay) and
Herman Cohen (screenplay)

Produced by
Herman Cohen .... executive producer
Jim O'Connolly .... associate producer
Nat Cohen .... executive producer (uncredited)
Stuart Levy .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Gerard Schurmann 
Cinematography by
Desmond Dickinson 
Film Editing by
Jack Slade 
Art Direction by
C. Wilfred Arnold  (as Wilfred Arnold)
Costume Design by
Bridget Sellers 
Makeup Department
Jack Craig .... makeup artist
Daphne Vollmer .... hair stylist (as Daphne Volmar)
Production Management
Bill Shore .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Buddy Booth .... assistant director
Sound Department
Ronald Abbott .... sound
Derek Holding .... sound effects editor
Sidney Rider .... sound
Derick McColm .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Harry Gillam .... camera operator
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... conductor
Roland Shaw .... composer: jazz music (uncredited)
Other crew
Olga Brook .... continuity
Nat Cohen .... presenter
Stuart Levy .... presenter
Crew believed to be complete

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90 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Finland:K-16 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:Unrated

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Producer Herman Cohen first considered using "ape" actor Steve Calvert, who had worked with Cohen on Bride of the Gorilla (1951) and Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952), but Calvert had retired from performing in his gorilla suit. Cohen turned to another renowned "ape" actor George Barrows, but only hired Barrows' gorilla costume, not Barrows himself. The actor Paul Stockman was instead chosen, based primarily on being a good fit for Barrows' costume. Barrows was annoyed when his gorilla costume was returned from England in bad shape.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Margret, Dr.Decker's assistant is clearly shown as a doll in the wide shots in which Konga takes hold of her. She is only shown as a doll when the camera is not near her face.See more »
Dr. Charles Decker:Margaret, I can't stand hysterics. Especially in the morning.See more »
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20 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Curious George Gets A Make-Over, 16 July 2003
Author: clydestuff from United States

***Plot Points Ahead, or my interpretation of those plot points***

What can you say about a cute funny little chimpanzee who grows up to be a not so funny giant Gorilla? That he was once young and beautiful? That he loved bananas? That he once played carefree in the jungle, only to journey to England to become the star of his own feature film? That they surrounded him with some of the worst over- acting ever to grace a horror film? That his toy doll people were not much fun to play with? That he had to die to be returned to his former lovable monkey self? Oh the horror of it all!

For most of this film, when the wicked Dr. Decker, played with a giant side order of ham by Michael Gough, injects that poor Chimpanzee with his nasty super grow essence of hulk formula, it is just plain stupid, boring, ridiculous, and dumb. Apparently the good Doctor also sees the new formula as sort of a viagra type grow drug, because he suddenly gets the hots for a young college student. He's got it bad, really bad, so much so that he sends Konga out to kill a young male college student who has the hots for the same gal. And that guy didn't even have any of the drug. When the doctor's female assistant who apparently has the hots for the good doctor also, (guess she sees him making good use of the drug also) finds out about all this nonsense, she overdoses poor Konga with this super steroid, thinking Konga will rip the good doctor and/or the college girl to shreds. Instead she only manages in getting herself killed, and letting a gigantic Konga loose on London and an unsuspecting movie going public. Konga has a little jealousy streak of his own, does away with the college girl, then carries the good Dr. through London. At First, all the people run hurriedly away, but eventually they reach the end of the studio back lot and can't go any further, so they stop to gawk and stare. At this point, Konga realizes he doesn't have the good doctor in his hand after all, but a wooden doll, so angrily he throws the doll to the ground, which must have been under some kind of magic spell because it suddenly turns back into the now very dead doctor. Unfortunately for Konga, the movie has reached it's budget limit, so unable to tear down any buildings or step on any gawking spectators, the police show up and fire one million shots at him, none of them actually hitting him. This is all too much for the poor Konga, who drops dead of a heart attack and shrinks back to the innocent chimpanzee he was at the beginning. I'm not sure how they shrunk the man in the ape suit but I think he died and shrunk into a dead chimpanzee suit because the fellow is nowhere to be found. Shakespeare should have written such a tragedy.

Till Next Time With tongue held firmly in cheek Next Class Please

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