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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 ... 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

Ramona the chimp was played by Cheetah, from the Tarzan movies. See more »

Quotes

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

References That's My Boy (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

'Deed I Do
by Walter Hirsch & Fred Rose
Sung by Duke Mitchell (uncredited)
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I guess the word is unique....
10 August 2006 | by horrorfilmxSee all my reviews

Like most everyone else here I picked this up in the dollar bin. The quality of the DVD wasn't bad at all and if, as I've heard, this picture was produced for only $50,000 then they did a hell of a job. It's slickly shot and at least as well produced as your average Universal B feature. None of which is to deny the fact that the movie stinks. I've heard that when BROOKLYN GORILLA came out the producers took some heat from Martin and Lewis' lawyers and it's easy to see why. The only other time I've seen a comedy team's act so blatantly stolen was yonks ago when an obscure group called the Pickle Brothers tried to pass themselves off as the Marx Brothers, and who the hell even remembers the Pickle brothers? At any rate Sammy Petrillo's Lewis impression is positively eerie, and to be fair he's only slightly more annoying than the original. Duke Mitchell is another matter entirely. He's so constricted he seems in the last stages of terminal stage fright, afraid to move and frequently slurring his lines. He sings the old standard "Deed I Do" in what is supposed to be a sexy croak which actually makes him sound like a sort of hipster Walter Brennan.

On the plus side: one or two funny gags (inluding a grotesque impression by Petrillo of a totem pole) and a very attractive leading lady. And as I said, the producers sure knew how to stretch a buck.


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