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Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror, 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

Writers:

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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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 »

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Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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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

Duke Mitchell and Sammy Petrillo both receive "introducing" credits. See more »

Quotes

Duke Mitchell: Don't mind my friend. He has a one-syllable brain.
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References At War with the Army (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Too Soon
by Nick Therry
Sung by Duke Mitchell (uncredited)
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Bela Meets the Clone
28 May 2003 | by wsureckSee all my reviews

Bela and Jerry Lewis clone Sammy make this oddity worth watching at least once. This film was made for DVD...so you can rapidly forward through some boring romantic scenes. Amazingly this silly film sort of grows on you like a fungus with multiple viewings; somehow it is goofy-innocent in all its dumb or dumber glory. "Gorilla" kind of reminded me of Lugosi's early 1940's hammy Monogram films despite the lack of musical numbers in the earlier films; not that anyone needs Duke Mitchell's singing (which reminded me of Elvis with a chest cold). This is one of the few non-European films of Lugosi's I had never seen, so it was a fresh experience. The DVD I bought had amazing picture clarity and sound quality; just the opposite of what is usually released at $6.99. Still, without Lugosi, the "Gorilla" probably would have decomposed in its film can long ago, and I'll admit the film is primarily of interest to bad film fans.


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