The Gorilla

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"A Ritz is afraid of nothing ... but ... THIS ... IS ... SOMETHING!"
  • NR
  • 1939
  • 1 hr 6 min
  • 4.8  (1,608)

The Gorilla is a 1939 comedy-mystery film starring The Ritz Brothers, Jimmy Ritz, Harry Ritz, and Al Ritz. Directed by Allan Dwan and produced by Twentieth Century Fox, the film was based on a play of the same name by Ralph Spence. The plot follows a wealthy man named Walter Stevens, who hires three bumbling detectives, the Ritz Brothers, to protect him from a notorious killer known as the Gorilla. The killer, who has already claimed several victims, sends threatening notes to Stevens, warning him that he will be next.

Upon arriving at Stevens' mansion, the Ritz Brothers find that the house is filled with suspicious characters, including a creepy butler named Peters, a jealous secretary named Kitty, and a nervous friend of Stevens' named Garrity. The three detectives soon find themselves embroiled in a complex web of murder and deceit, as they attempt to catch the Gorilla before he strikes again.

With its blend of screwball comedy and classic mystery plot elements, The Gorilla is a delightful romp through the world of 1930s Hollywood cinema. The film features the Ritz Brothers' trademark brand of zany humor, as well as a host of witty one-liners and slapstick gags that are sure to keep audiences laughing from start to finish.

Despite its lighthearted tone, The Gorilla does contain some genuinely suspenseful moments, particularly during the scenes in which the Gorilla stalks his prey. The film's climax, which takes place in a dark and stormy night in the mansion's spooky basement, is particularly tense and atmospheric, as the Ritz Brothers race against time to catch the killer before it's too late.

In addition to the Ritz Brothers' outstanding comedic performances, The Gorilla also boasts a strong supporting cast, including Bela Lugosi as the mysterious butler Peters, Anita Louise as the lovely and loyal Kitty, and Patsy Kelly as the no-nonsense maid. Everyone in the cast seems to be enjoying themselves immensely, which adds to the overall sense of fun and lightheartedness that permeates the film.

Overall, The Gorilla is a true gem of 1930s Hollywood cinema, combining elements of comedy and mystery to create a truly unique and unforgettable viewing experience. With its charming cast, witty humor, and thrilling suspense, The Gorilla is sure to delight viewers of all ages and backgrounds, making it a film that should not be missed.

The Gorilla is a 1939 horror movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 6 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.8.

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    1 hr 6 min
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    4.8  (1,608)