White Gorilla

  • 1947
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Adventure

One of the all-time worst. To make this really cheap jungle adventure film, producer Weiss dug up a 1927 silent serial titled PERILS OF THE JUNGLE (starring Frank Merrill), pillaged the footage, and used the exciting sequences to build a framework onto which he hung his new footage. Renting a few ratty gorilla costumes, the writer and director went to work...read more

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One of the all-time worst. To make this really cheap jungle adventure film, producer Weiss dug up a 1927 silent serial titled PERILS OF THE JUNGLE (starring Frank Merrill), pillaged the footage, and used the exciting sequences to build a framework onto which he hung his new footage.

Renting a few ratty gorilla costumes, the writer and director went to work and fabricated this crazy-quilt film in which actors filmed in 1927 are seen reacting to actors filmed in 1947. The story, such as it is, stars Corrigan as a misfit white gorilla who is ostracized by his black-haired peers

for being the wrong color. Thrown out of his group, the albino ape becomes lonely and embittered--hatred for all two-legged erect and semi-erect creatures burning inside him. The obligatory great white hunters on an expedition wander through the brush and get in the way of the angry creature.

Finally there is a showdown between the king of the black apes and the disenfranchised white gorrilla, which is basically just two men in bad costumes goofing around while the ever-serious narrator grimly describes how the fate of Africa hangs in the balance. All in all, this is an amazing film

that is an unintentional delight to watch, filmmaking at its most basic. Take shot A and splice it to shot B, then make a story. As a finishing touch, slap on some voice-over narration to explain away any holes in the plot line and you've got yourself a movie that didn't cost much. The narrative

gymnastics performed by the writer and editor to make this picture cohesive deserve some recognition and none other than respected film historian William K. Everson has taken it upon himself to give it to them. Having fallen in love with the pure nerve and misguided panache of WHITE GORILLA back

in 1947, Everson has been extolling its questionable virtues at film festivals and in print ever since. Of course he realizes that WHITE GORILLA is an awful film, but that is precisely the point. WHITE GORILLA is a wonderful example of how very basic filmmaking can be.

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  • Review: One of the all-time worst. To make this really cheap jungle adventure film, producer Weiss dug up a 1927 silent serial titled PERILS OF THE JUNGLE (starring Frank Merrill), pillaged the footage, and used the exciting sequences to build a framework onto whi… (more)

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