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The Gorilla (1939)

Passed | | Comedy, Horror | 26 May 1939 (USA)
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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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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Taglines:

A Ritz is afraid of nothing ... but ... THIS ... IS ... SOMETHING! 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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

Peters: Did I hear somebody scream?
Kitty: Well, if you didn't, you oughta have your ears cleaned out!
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Nonsensical but pleasant.
11 July 2001 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

A good-natured 1939 horror comedy that can be watched today for 65 minutes of easy, painless entertainment. The plot is just convoluted nonsense, and the Ritz Brothers seem to be working with erratic material (at times their humor becomes almost surrealistic, often it's purely childish), but the film is pleasant enough and has some good lines and interesting situations. (**1/2)


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