The Gorilla


The Gorilla

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When Fox bought the rights to Ralph Spence's warhorse stage mystery-comedy The Gorilla for the Ritz Brothers, they walked out en masse, refusing to work on the picture until their contracts were renegotiated and the script heavily rewritten. The finished product features an escaped circus gorilla apparently perpetrating a series of murders. Imperiled lawyer Walter Stevens (Lionel Atwill) may well be the next victim, so he summons detectives Garrity, Harrigan and Mullivan (Jimmy, Harry and Al Ritz) to provide protection. It turns out that (a) the murderer is human rather than simian, (b) Stevens is hardly a paragon of virtue, and (c) the person really in danger is young heiress Norma Denby (Anita Louise). Long unavailable for reappraisal, The Gorilla resurfaced on the public-domain market in 1976.

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Patsy Kelly
as Kitty, the Maid
Anita Louise
as Norma Denby, Steven's Niece
Lionel Atwill
as Walter Stevens
Jimmy Ritz
as Garrity
Harry Ritz
as Harrigan
Al Ritz
as Mulligan
Edward Norris
as Jack Marsden
Art Miles
as The Gorilla
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Critic Reviews for The Gorilla

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Audience Reviews for The Gorilla

  • Jun 11, 2014
    A wealthy man hires three cowardly detectives (the Ritz Brothers) to protect him from a killer known as the Gorilla (who may be an actual gorilla). The Ritz Brothers are a second-rate comedy team, but this old dark house comedy is light and busy enough to provide some small entertainment.
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2012
    This film was far more then I expected. From the Sons of Kong 10 Movie Collection, Here I thought it would be another Jungle movie filmed before 1940 a copy cat of the so many others in that time frame. I was so wrong, what you have here is a Mystery / Comedy. Its enjoyable to say the least. There is a 3 man comedy team in this one that is right up there with the three stooges, just very surprised I never saw more of these three. There are people being murdered in the city and the blame seems to fall on a gorilla, but is he really the one. 4 Stars for this one, quite high for a film from 1939
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    I know the Ritz brothers are supposed to be funny, but they aren't, if you have to hire a comedy group to be your detectives, you really have no hope in solving the crime.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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