“The Gorilla” is a horror-comedy film released in 1939, directed by Allan Dwan and based on a play by Ralph Spence. The film tells the story of a wealthy family that hires a detective to investigate a series of mysterious events in their mansion.
The family is convinced that a notorious killer known as “The Gorilla” is on the loose and is planning to strike at their home. The detective, played by the popular comedian The Ritz Brothers, arrives to investigate and discovers a cast of eccentric characters, including a butler with a dark past, a creepy doctor, and a mysterious woman with a hidden agenda.
As the detective and the family try to solve the mystery of the gorilla, they are also plagued by other strange occurrences, including disappearing money and eerie noises in the night. The film builds to a suspenseful climax, as the detective tries to outsmart the gorilla and save the family from danger.
The film features a talented cast, including Bela Lugosi as the creepy butler, Lionel Atwill as the doctor, and Patsy Kelly as a bumbling maid. The Ritz Brothers provide the film’s comedic moments with their trademark slapstick humor.
Overall, “The Gorilla” is a fun and entertaining film that combines elements of horror, mystery, and comedy. Its mix of suspenseful moments and comedic hijinks make it a classic of the genre.
Ralph Spence, Rian James, Sid Silvers
The Ritz Brothers, Jimmy Ritz, Harry Ritz