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Gorilla at Large (1954)

Not Rated | | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery | May 1954 (USA)
At a carnival called the Garden of Evil, a man is murdered, apparently by a gorilla...or someone in a gorilla suit.

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Harmon Jones
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cameron Mitchell ... Joey Matthews
Anne Bancroft ... Laverne Miller
Lee J. Cobb ... Detective Sgt. Garrison
Raymond Burr ... Cy Miller
Charlotte Austin ... Audrey Baxter
Peter Whitney ... Kovacs
Lee Marvin ... Shaughnessy--Policeman
Warren Stevens ... Joe, Detective
John Kellogg ... Morse (as John G. Kellogg)
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Storyline

At sinister carnival The Garden of Evil, the main attraction is Goliath, "world's largest gorilla...cost the lives of 1,000 men before his capture." Barker Joey Matthews is about to enter the gorilla act, teamed with seductive mantrap Laverne, the owner's wife. Then a man is found dead of a broken neck. Was it Goliath or someone wearing Joey's gorilla suit? Detective Sgt. Garrison finds four interlocked romantic triangles among the suspects... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The hate-beast who lives to kill is loose! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gorilla See more »

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Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Panoramic Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Later in life, Anne Bancroft would cite this film in interviews as an example of how bad her early roles for Twentieth Century Fox were. See more »

Goofs

When the camera cuts to Laverne swinging on the trapeze an obvious stunt woman is used with much thinner legs and off color on her wig. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Garrison: You've always been this alert, Shaughnessy?
Shaughnessy: Always on my toes!
Sgt. Garrison: Well, get off 'em. You're a cop, not a ballet dancer.
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Alternate Versions

Originally released in 3D. See more »

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Referenced in Top 5 King Kong Ripoffs (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Chattanooga Choo Choo
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
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Better than I expected
4 November 2006 | by Typing_awaySee all my reviews

I had heard about "Gorilla at Large" for years, but avoided watching it because of the campy title and brief clips I had seen, usually of the gorilla swinging on a vine. Recently, this movie was broadcast on Fox Movie Channel. On a whim, I recorded it with my PVR and watched it the next day. To my surprise, I found "Gorilla at Large" to be an entertaining movie. It's not a monster film at all, or even a jungle themed movie. Rather, it's a crime/detective story that keeps you guessing. "Gorilla" has a very good cast and interesting story. A young Lee Marvin has an amusing role as a policeman. The sexy Anne Bancroft is the main star....although some might claim it is the gorilla.


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