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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 »

Director:

William C. McGann (as William McGann)

Writers:

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 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:

Oktapodi See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The transformation scene was done in much the same way the beginning part of the transformation was done on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931). The actress was made up in exaggerated highlights and shadows (including her teeth) using a single color shade of makeup. When filmed through a filter the same shade as the makeup, it's invisible to the camera. Take the filter away and the makeup suddenly becomes visible. Besides a filter, the makeup can also be hidden by similar-colored light. This type of trick was only possible on black-and-white film. See more »

Goofs

In many scenes, wires operating the octopus's tentacles can be seen. See more »

Quotes

Captain Hook: I've been working on this case for nine years.
Detective Dempsey: Any clues?
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Connections

Referenced in Whispering Ghosts (1942) See more »

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Quite simply one of the coolest B movies ever made
3 February 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Delightfully irreverent variation on the old dark house comedy thriller. This one takes place in and below a lighthouse. The plot is so weird and things are explained then unexplained then explained again that I don't fault someone for thinking it makes no sense. But that's kind of the point. It's such a completely off-the-wall bizarre movie that I can't help but love it. It's totally ridiculous from start to finish. If you're too straight-laced for that, then you'll probably be filled with anger at this unassuming movie that's not even an hour that dared to waste your time. I've read a review or two like that and had to shake my head. What kind of sour puss do you have to be to not at least moderately enjoy, if not outright love, this movie? It's got nice sets, a fun cast, and some good special effects (especially for the time). Allen Jenkins is terrific. Yes, Hugh Herbert is an acquired taste. I get that. I admit I've been annoyed by him in other roles with all of his woo-hooing and fidgeting. But that's usually because he felt out of place in those movies. Here, his shtick is right at home. Just relax, don't take it more seriously than it was intended, and have some fun with it.


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