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The Gorilla (1939)

Passed | | Comedy, Horror | 26 May 1939 (USA)
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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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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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Storyline

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original play of the same title upon which this film is based opened on Broadway in New York on 28 April 1925 at the Selwyn Theare, 227 W. 42nd St and then moved to the National Theatre 208 42nd St. and ran for a total of 15 performances. 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

Kitty: Why couldn't all of this have happened tomorrow?
Norma Denby: What difference would that make?
Kitty: Tomorrow's my day off!
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Connections

Edited into Dark Jungle Theater: The Gorilla (2015) See more »

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The Best Ritz Brothers Film!
4 June 1999 | by Norm-30See all my reviews

The Ritz Bros. were ending their contract with this studio, and this film was the last in the contract. Most reviewers say this is their WORST film but, having seen most of their films, I TOTALLY disagree.

It is their BEST film!

Why? First of all, the Ritz Bros. were under the (false!) impression that they are singers & dancers. This film mercifully contains NONE of that!

A creepy old house, with a killer known as "The Gorilla" running loose, attempting to murder Lionel Atwill at the stroke of midnite.

Bela Lugosi lends some creepy (& comic!) moments, and Patsy Kelly is HILARIOUS!

Even tho the plot doesn't make too much sense, this is an extremely enjoyable "Old House" comedy.

Norm


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