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Sh! The Octopus (1937)

Comedy-mystery finds Detectives Kelly and Dempsey trapped in a deserted lighthouse with a group of strangers who are being terrorized by a killer octopus AND a mysterious crime figure named... See full summary »

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William C. McGann (as William McGann)

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George Bricker (screen play), Ralph Spence (from plays by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Hugh Herbert ... Kelly
Allen Jenkins ... Dempsey
Marcia Ralston ... Vesta Vernoff
John Eldredge ... Paul Morgan
George Rosener ... Captain Hook
Brandon Tynan ... Captain Cobb (as Brandon Tyman)
Eric Stanley Eric Stanley ... David Dow Harriman
Margaret Irving ... Polly Crane
Elspeth Dudgeon ... Nanny
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Comedy-mystery finds Detectives Kelly and Dempsey trapped in a deserted lighthouse with a group of strangers who are being terrorized by a killer octopus AND a mysterious crime figure named after the title sea creature. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hobotnica See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Once thought to be lost, now available on DVD through Warner Archives in the Warner Bros. Horror Mystery Double Features set. See more »

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After the diving suit is discovered, Margaret Irving's character is seen in the background sneaking away screen right. In the next shot she has reappeared and sneaks away again. See more »

Quotes

Detective Dempsey: [points his gun at the lower abdomen of Paul Morgan ] Stick 'em up Mr. Octopus or I'll blow your brains out.
Paul Morgan: Just a little low for my brains don't you think?
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Connections

References Habeas Corpus (1928) See more »

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11 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Sh! The Octopus (1937)

** (out of 4)

Another version of The Gorilla but this time the old dark house is replaced with a lighttower and the gorilla is replaced with an octopus. Veteran character actors Hugh Herbert and Allen Jenkins play wannabe detectives trapped inside a lighttower with several others who are being attacked by the octopus. This version pretty much stays in tact with other versions and the other remake, which followed two years later with The Ritz Brothers and Bela Lugosi. Herbert and Jenkins aren't nearly as obnoxious and they do manage to get some good laughs. The octopus looks very nice and the scene where the killer "transforms" is quite memorable. The film moves at a lightening pace yet for some reason, one I don't know, the 56-minute running time felt overly long. This certainly isn't a bad movie but it's not a good one either.


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