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The Gorilla (1939)

Passed | | Comedy, Horror | 26 May 1939 (USA)
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When a wealthy man is threatened by a killer known as The Gorilla, he hires the Ritz Brothers to investigate. A real escaped gorilla shows up at the mansion just as the investigators arrive.

Director:

Allan Dwan

Writers:

Ralph Spence (play), Rian James (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
The Ritz Brothers ... Defective Detectives
Jimmy Ritz ... Garrity
Harry Ritz ... Harrigan
Al Ritz ... Mulligan
Anita Louise ... Norma Denby
Patsy Kelly ... Kitty
Lionel Atwill ... Walter Stevens
Bela Lugosi ... Peters
Joseph Calleia ... Stranger
Edward Norris ... Jack Marsden
Wally Vernon ... Seaman
Paul Harvey ... A.P. Conway
Art Miles Art Miles ... Poe the Gorilla
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When a wealthy man is threatened by a killer known as The Gorilla, he hires the Ritz Brothers to investigate. A real escaped gorilla shows up at the mansion just as the investigators arrive.

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Mystery goes merry, with the Ritzes See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Bela Lugosi's first role following Ygor in Son of Frankenstein (1939). See more »

Goofs

When Harrigan dismisses the other Ritz Brothers fro the kitchen, he walks back over to Kitty and a camera shadow falls across her. See more »

Quotes

[at a huge crash from the cellar]
Jack Marsden: Peters, what's all that commotion?
Peters: It sounds like our friends the detectives.
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Connections

Edited into Dark Jungle Theater: The Gorilla (2015) See more »

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I don't hate the film, in spite of the Ritz's
24 June 2004 | by doc_hartmanSee all my reviews

I've heard that the Ritz Brothers refused to do this film unless both their contract and the script were re-worked. The Studio should have let them walk. I admit this is only the first Ritz Bros. film I have seen so they could come off as comic geniuses in "Hotel Anchovy" and I wouldn't know it. However in this film, all they do is suck the oxygen out of the room while fellow "comic," Patsy Kelly, chews the scenery with a knife and fork. All I could think while watching this film was "poor Bela Lugosi." Reduced here to being the-guy-who-we-think-did-it (and a butler to boot), you can almost see his disinterest as he sleepwalks through yet another "creepy foreign guy" role. With a bit different casting, this could have been a funny film.

In spite of the off-the-mark gags and dental drill like screaming of Kelly, this film is not horrible. It will entertain you in spite of its shortcomings. Make it a drinking game. Take a shot every time someone says "Take that down, Garrity." Take two shots every time Garrity says anything at all, and take a shot of water whenever the word "gorilla" is spoken. Poor Bela Lugosi.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gorilla See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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