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Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952)

Not Rated | | Comedy , Sci-Fi | 8 October 1952 (USA)
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Two goofy entertainers meet a mad scientist on a jungle island.

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William Beaudine

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Tim Ryan (screenplay), Leo 'Ukie' Sherin (additional dialogue) (as 'Ukie' Sherin) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bela Lugosi ... Dr. Zabor
Duke Mitchell Duke Mitchell ... Duke Mitchell
Sammy Petrillo ... Sammy Petrillo
Charlita Charlita ... Nona
Muriel Landers ... Saloma
Al Kikume ... Chief Rakos
Mickey Simpson Mickey Simpson ... Chula
Milton Newberger Milton Newberger ... Bongo - the Witch Doctor
Martin Garralaga ... Pepe Bordo / Waiter
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Storyline

Entertainers Mitchell and Petrillo (Martin & Lewis clones) parachute into the jungles of the Pacific island of Cola-Cola, where they meet primitive tribesmen, the chief's sarong-clad daughter Nona, and mad scientist Dr. Zabor conducting experiments in evolution. Jealous of Mitchell's relations with Nona, Zabor has just the thing to make a monkey of him... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Brooklyn Chumps Become Island Monkeys In a Jungle Full of Laffs! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boys from Brooklyn See more »

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Budget:

$50,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed in nine days on a budget of $50,000. See more »

Quotes

Duke Mitchell: You know, someday I'm gonna let you fry in your own grease!
Sammy Petrillo: Could you make it chicken fat, maybe?
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Too Soon
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Sung by Duke Mitchell (uncredited)
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Dracula! Jerry Lewis! Monkeys! Who Can Resist?
1 July 2005 | by hokeybuttSee all my reviews

BELA LUGOSI MEETS A BROOKLYN GORILLA (3 outta 5 stars) Okay, this is a lousy movie... but it still entertained the heck out of me. It's so unbelievably bad that you cannot take your eyes away for a second lest you miss something. Duke Mitchell and Sammy Petrillo star as... Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Well, it was probably meant more as a rip-off than an homage... but why quibble? Duke Mitchell is a dreadful singer and he hardly even looks like Dean Martin... they could have dragged anyone in off the street and given him that haircut and they'd have been just as good. Petrillo, on the other hand, is a dead-on ringer for a young, lean Jerry Lewis (whether this is good or bad news depends on your tolerance for Jerry Lewis). Bela Lugosi co-stars as a creepy mad doctor who turns people into gorillas.. or whatever. (Don't expect the story to make any sense.) Really, this movie isn't any worse than a lot of those classic buddy comedy movies of the era. The jokes are corny, the plot is silly and there are totally unnecessary musical and romantic subplots. But. come on, you know you are just DYING to see a movie that mixes together Dracula, Jerry Lewis and monkeys!


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