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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Taglines:

JEEPY! CREEPY! CHILLARIOUS! (Print Ad- Carlinville Democrat, ((Carlinville, Ills.)) 8 June 1939) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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

The sailor is bareheaded when the group go to search the garage, but his hat appears suddenly in his hand when he is at the cage and looking for the keys. See more »

Quotes

Kitty: The Gorilla? HIM? Oh, I'll never trust another man if I live to be a thousand!
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Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) See more »

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Pleasant and entertaining
24 March 2003 | by unclerussieSee all my reviews

Here is a good way to spend a pleasant time watching a movie. The Gorilla offers a good time and a bit of mystery as well. Patsy Kelly is especially good as the wise-cracking maid and just about everyone belives Bela Lugosi (the butler) is behind the crimes. But is he? See the movie and find out. The Ritz Brothers are mildly amusing and a trio of inept detectives. Had the Marx Brothers or The Three Stooges been cast instead, this would be a great film. However, all in all, "The Gorilla" is worth watching just the way it is.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gorilla See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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