The Gorilla

  • 1939
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Mystery

The third film version of the comedy-mystery stage play by Ralph Spence is used as a vehicle for the Ritz Brothers. The boys play three bumbling detectives hired by wealthy Atwill to capture a killer known only as "The Gorilla" (he dresses like one), who has threatened Atwill's life. The three goofs stake out the mansion, which is filled with trapdoors...read more

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The third film version of the comedy-mystery stage play by Ralph Spence is used as a vehicle for the Ritz Brothers. The boys play three bumbling detectives hired by wealthy Atwill to capture a killer known only as "The Gorilla" (he dresses like one), who has threatened Atwill's life. The

three goofs stake out the mansion, which is filled with trapdoors and secret passages, and await the arrival of the killer. Unfortunately, a real gorilla escapes from the local circus and shows up at the mansion, adding to the confusion and comedy. The Ritz Brothers do their usual mugging and

grimacing, and Lugosi is totally wasted as a menacing butler. (The role was originally cast for Peter Lorre.) It was not a happy set, as the Ritz Brothers tried to back out of the film after the screenplay had been adapted to fit their bits into it. Fox suspended the comedians and filed a lawsuit

against them for $150,000 and the boys trotted quickly back to the set. Their compliance came a bit too late, for after the shooting Fox dropped the comics from its payroll.

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