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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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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 »

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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

In his research and preparation for playing Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood (1994), the biopic of cult director Edward D. Wood Jr., Martin Landau watched this film three times stunned, saying that it was so bad "it made the Ed Wood films look like Gone with the Wind (1939)". See more »

Quotes

Duke Mitchell: Don't mind my friend. He has a one-syllable brain.
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Soundtracks

'Deed I Do
by Walter Hirsch & Fred Rose
Sung by Duke Mitchell (uncredited)
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Totally Laughable!
10 January 2001 | by wishkah7See all my reviews

A B-Movie that has a semi all-star cast. The main characters are played by Duke Mitchell and Sammy Petrillo who bear striking resemblence to Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. But act very idiotic, that they make the real M&L look original! In this so-funny-it's-stupid type of B-Movie they play these entertainers who came across a tropical island called, get this, "Cola-Cola". It's residents are natives who do nothing but say, "mucky-mucky" or something very similar in their so-called 'native language". And Bela Lugosi playing his seemingly best B-Movie role, a mad scientist.

The funniest part was when Bela injects Duke with a serum that turns people into gorillas. It's so cheap-looking that you could tell it was a man in a gorilla costume! I cracked up at how ridiculous that looked. As having lived in Brooklyn for most of my life before moving to Atlanta, and I would like to say that I've heard way better Brooklyn accents than Duke Mitchell's in this movie! You might agree if you've watched this increasingly lame excuse for a comedy!

If you watch this movie, you might wonder what the directors and producers were smoking when they thought up of this stupid excuse for a comedy movie. I'll admit it's fun to watch for B-Movie fans like me. If you want to watch a comedy that involves mad scientists and gorillas, then watch The Three Stooges or Abbott and Costello which ever serves your interest.


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