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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 »


William C. McGann (as William McGann)


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


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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


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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Release Date:

11 December 1937 (USA) See more »

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Oktapodi See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The plays referred to in the writers section are "The Gorilla," written by Ralph Spence. which opened in New York in 1925 and ran for 15 performances; and "Sh, The Octopus," written by Ralph Murphy and Donald Gallaher, which opened in New York in 1928 and ran for 45 performances. The original Broadway cast of "Sh, the Octopus" included Beatrice Allen, Clifford Dempsey, Gavin Gordon, Harry Kelly, Ignacio Martinnetti, Francis M. Verdi and Adele Windsor. See more »


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


Detective Harold Kelly: Is he dead?
Detective Dempsey: No, that ain't even a he.
Detective Harold Kelly: Oh, don't tell me that's a woman.
Detective Dempsey: No! That's a dummy.
Polly Crane: Well, it's in good company.
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Remake of The Gorilla (1927) See more »

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15 December 2011 | by gmdaSee all my reviews

Entertaining comedy. While I was watching this, many of the lines were said in a way that reminded me of some other people. Martin and Lewis came to mind. Bing and Bob came to mind. But then it "HIT" me. They are really, Abbott and Costello. 3-4 years early. And the act works. I am thinking that by the time A&C came along, the formula had been perfected, or at least improved on, and that the time for this type of team comedy was ready to take off. Even down to the way lines are said, many that Hugh Herbert makes down in the basement of the lighthouse, when he is alone, is totally Lou Costello. I am wondering if A&C were just mimicking this style of comedy with their own spin. Great as they were. I enjoyed them very much, as well as the others I mentioned.

The movie, as a movie, is very enjoyable and moves along at a good pace. I had a good time, and that was the point, then as now.

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