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The Gorilla (1939)

Passed | | Comedy, Horror | 26 May 1939 (USA)
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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Thrills + Laughs = Entertainment See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El gorila See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Goofs

When Peters flips Harrigan, his hat falls off and lands much further from his head than where it is in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Mulligan: First time I saw a mousetrap catch a piece of cheese!
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Connections

Remake of Sh! The Octopus (1937) See more »

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gorilla
3 July 2013 | by kairinglerSee all my reviews

first let's say that this isn't a top 50 horror movie, with that mindset I watched this for pure enjoyment, laughs and such. Bela Lugosi had some funny lines, sure this wasn't his best performance by far but I thought that this movie was quite interesting,, u have an unknown killer for most of the movie going around writing notes saying that a certain character is going to die at midnight. not a bad premise,, the man hires 3 detectives and a slew of others to protect him while they try to discover the identity of the killer,, I thought that this movie was pretty good given the lack of scares that it presented, I thought that this was very funny and definitely had it's moments,, sort of a campy movie instead of a scary one.


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