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BELA LUGOSI MEETS A BROOKLYN GORILLA (1952)


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#1 OllieTSB

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 10:09 AM

After seeing Rich's posted Mitchell link, I'm taking his GONE WITH THE POPE threat far more seriously! "Do these chairs come with seatbelts?"

Did Mitchell et al actually kill the drive-in market with stuff like this?

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 09:52 PM

hahahahahahHA!!!!!!!

I think the adults should, too.

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 09:49 PM

> {quote:title=Bronxgirl48 wrote:}{quote}
> I would like to see Robert Osborne introducing this.
>
> What could he say?

"If you have children, tell them to leave the room."

I'm a big boy.


#4 Bronxgirl48

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 09:42 PM

I'm speechless.

I would like to see Robert Osborne introducing this.

What could he say?

#5 scsu1975

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 09:08 PM

Go to youtube and find Mitchell's trailer for "Gone With The Pope," You will fall off your chair.

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#6 Bronxgirl48

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 09:06 PM

OMG. Mamma mia.

And Sammy did some interesting stuff too, lol.

#7 scsu1975

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 08:56 PM

Duke Mitchell had an illustrious career:


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#8 Bronxgirl48

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 08:40 PM

Whenever he was interviewed, Bela always said he wanted to be in more comedies.

Too bad this wasn't.

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 08:38 PM

This will show you what I really do with my free time, lol, but I actually looked up Sammy Petrillo in-depth, and it turns out, he grew up in the Bronx. I sort of suspected as much. It's like Lou Costello always referring to his hometown of Patterson, New Jersey.

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 08:36 AM

> {quote:title=Ollie_T wrote:}{quote}
> The biggest surprise is that the Bronx didn't sue, or gorillas didn't rise up and sue in class-action. MissG makes fun of me so much, but at least she can't claim THIS one is in my collection. So there-! She's completely wrong - I DO have some standards.

Really? Too bad, it was going to be on my next list of requests. :P

I can't believe poor Bela actually allowed his name to be _in_ the title, let alone
the rest of him in the movie. $$$$ ???

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 07:48 AM

The biggest surprise is that the Bronx didn't sue, or gorillas didn't rise up and sue in class-action. MissG makes fun of me so much, but at least she can't claim THIS one is in my collection. So there-! She's completely wrong - I DO have some standards.

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 12:16 AM

I needn't have worried, lol -- they actually mention the Bronx FOUR times!

Sammy Petrillo is so obnoxious that Ramona the chimp starts improvising and tries to bite him. Oddly though, when Sammy is less the stooge and more in charge after Duke's transformation, he's not quite so hard to take. (even though I realize this is hard to believe)

You're right about Charlita. She's not bad, and also has a very pleasant, good-natured Dorothy Lamour-ish road picture vibe.

Geez, I forgot about the "twist" ending!

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 10:38 PM

http://windoze.smugm...p#6179355_xoHZf

Only Bronx gorillas have that certain je ne sais quoi.

Okay, I'm gonna go watch this now!

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 09:09 PM

> {quote:title=Bronxgirl48 wrote:}{quote}
> Bela couldn't meet a nice BRONX gorilla?

Gorilla my dreams

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 09:05 PM

Bela couldn't meet a nice BRONX gorilla?

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 09:03 PM

I lost it with Finlay Currie.

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 01:47 PM

I had one more screencap from this disaster, but I figured if I posted it, I'd get banned. If you want to see it, send me a pm.

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:09 AM

The crack about Allistair Sim finished me!

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 10:58 AM

It has probably been around forty years since I've seen this thing; it has not improved with age. I am not even sure in what category this classic belongs. Perhaps "Atrocities?"

Duke Mitchell and Sammy Petrillo do their Martin & Lewis routine, playing two entertainers who are forced to bail out of a plane. Unfortunately, they survive, and parachute into a jungle inhabited by mostly white actors in native costumes. Mitchell wastes no time in putting the moves on the native chief's daughter, a hot babe played by Charlita (who, in her career, also played characters named Chiquita, Gita, Tonita, and Carmelita). Besides looking great, Charlita is the only one in the cast who exhibits any acting talent. Her onscreen sister, played by Muriel Landers, is best described as a meatball with arms.

Lugosi plays Dr. Zabor, who is doing experiments on evolution. He even quotes Darwin. Lugosi has eyes (and other organs) for Charlita, so he transforms Mitchell into a gorilla.

William "One Shot" Beaudine directs the proceedings. Screenwriter Tim Ryan uses bad lines left over from his Bowery Boys scripts: "He has a one-syllable brain." Mitchell croons "Deed I do," which, incredibly, has been recorded by the likes of Lena Horne, Peggy Lee, and Bing Crosby. I must confess the only other version I've heard was by Redd Foxx on an episode of "Sanford and Son." Petrillo is simply annoying as Jerry Lewis. You want him to be killed, preferably by cannibals. No wonder Lewis sued him. Ramona the Chimp is actually Cheeta - apparently Bonzo had a better agent. Ray "Crash" Corrigan dons a gorilla suit for the umpteenth time.

You can't turn away from this thing. It is so bloody awful and unfunny that you simply must see it through. When it's over, treat yourself to a banana.


This is either an argument for or against evolution. You be the judge.
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This is the real reason why Cinemascope was invented.
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Duke Mitchell comes out of the closet -
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while Mickey Simpson goes back into one.
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Alistair Sim sued Sammy Petrillo over this.
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Al Kikume (center) and Bela Lugosi (right) get loaded, while Finlay Currie (left)
looks on.
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My sentiments, exactly.
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