Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952) - Rotten Tomatoes

Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952)





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Bela Lugosi plays a mad scientist in the jungle who stumbles across a couple of comedians (intended to resemble Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis) and proceeds to use them as lab mice in his experiments.

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Bela Lugosi
as Dr. Zabor
Duke Mitchell
as Duke Mitchell
Sammy Petrillo
as Sammy Petrillo
Al Kikume
as Chief Rakos
Martin Garralaga
as Pepe Borde
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Critic Reviews for Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla

All Critics (4)

Perhaps the worst movie ever made.

April 24, 2008

Truly bad film with Lugosi hamming it up, yet marginally entertaining.

December 19, 2005

Although it carries a horrid reputation, it is actually one of the greatest comedy films ever made.

October 22, 2004
Film Threat

Wow! Mesmerizingly bad with a nice late in the day turn from Lugosi

July 30, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla


Duke Mitchell and Sammy Petrillo are the two greatest Martin and Lewis impersonators to ever appear in a Bela Lugosi film.

Richard May
Richard May

As much as people say this was bad, I found it actually good. I mean, of course, it's silly, the character of Sammy Petrillo is a bit annoying at times, but overall I thought it wasn't that bad. The plot is a bit strange: Performers Duke and Sammy (made to resemble Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin) get stranded on an island, but it isn't as bad as it seems- there's hot (and not so hot) girls and luaus. However, Duke and Sammy meet the mysterious Dr. Zabor (Bela Lugosi), who is jealous of Duke and the Chief's daughter, Nona,'s romance, so he concocts a scheme to turn Duke into a gorilla, but people can't save Duke for 2 reasons: they think he is another chimp, Romona- and two, he can't talk- but can sing. Okay, it wasn't a fantastic movie. It's just that people say this movie was one of the worst, and I don't truthfully think that. It was a bit silly at times, but I like silly, but some parts were over the top. The only thing really painful to me was Duke Mitchell's singing. It was really terrible, too much shakyness in his voice ruined the movie's songs, but the comedy and writing wasn't bad. The storyline- okay, a little strange, but the title just means that Duke is, well, a gorilla who used to be from Brooklyn. I would suggest it, it wasn't bad, but not the best movie ever.

Jordan Krampf
Jordan Krampf

While I'm sure I've said this more than once, this might be the worst movie I have ever seen. It makes me want to strangle every single person who had any sort of hand in its creation. I will give Lugosi a smidgen of credit, as he does sort of try a little bit. Mitchell and Petrillio's ultra-lameo rip-off of Martin and Lewis ranks as one of the most pathetic duo performances of all time. Seriously, its just ridiculous even to a seasoned crappy movie veteran. Its so bad that its not even enjoyable in its badness. Just an hour and 15 minutes closer to death. Actually, death might be preferable to watching this again.

Julian Toepfer
Julian Toepfer

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