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Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi | 8 October 1952 (USA)
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Two goofy entertainers meet a mad scientist on a jungle island.

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William Beaudine

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Tim Ryan (screenplay), Leo 'Ukie' Sherin (additional dialogue) (as 'Ukie' Sherin) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bela Lugosi ... Dr. Zabor
Duke Mitchell Duke Mitchell ... Duke Mitchell
Sammy Petrillo ... Sammy Petrillo
Charlita Charlita ... Nona
Muriel Landers ... Saloma
Al Kikume ... Chief Rakos
Mickey Simpson ... Chula
Milton Newberger Milton Newberger ... Bongo - the Witch Doctor
Martin Garralaga ... Pepe Bordo / Waiter
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Storyline

Entertainers Mitchell and Petrillo (Martin & Lewis clones) parachute into the jungles of the Pacific island of Cola-Cola, where they meet primitive tribesmen, the chief's sarong-clad daughter Nona, and mad scientist Dr. Zabor conducting experiments in evolution. Jealous of Mitchell's relations with Nona, Zabor has just the thing to make a monkey of him... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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A horror film that will stiffen you with laughter! See more »

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Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boys from Brooklyn See more »

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Budget:

$50,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Jack Broder had seen an interview with Bela Lugosi in which the actor mentioned that he'd like to do more comedy so he quickly assembled this comic assignment for him. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Zabor: And you better get some laughs this time, or you'll be collecting unemployment insurance.
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Connections

References Dracula (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

'Deed I Do
by Walter Hirsch & Fred Rose
Sung by Duke Mitchell (uncredited)
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Not at all Entertaining, But Interesting to Watch
10 February 2002 | by richard.fuller1See all my reviews

Yes, Duke Mitchell and Sammy Petrillo were attempting to ripoff Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Lewis had to take Petrillo to court to make him stop the impersonation (Interesting to note, Lewis was copying black vaudevillian Jimmy Cross' act himself and becoming famous for it, while Cross' race would hold him back). Mitchell is no Martin, but if I had to choose listening to either one, I would choose Mitchell over Martin's crooning. I thought Mitchell had much more life in his singing.

Other than that, had I been Jerry Lewis and I had seen a guy who looked this much like me, I would have signed him up immediately. Petrillo is so strong at resembling Lewis, they could have been boggling portraying twin brothers in a movie, but as the egotistical rift tore between Martin and Lewis, you could just imagine how Petrillo would have gone at it with Lewis. In some scenes, you can see Petrillo is masking animosity as comedy. From beginning to end the only thing that held my attention was 'That's not Jerry Lewis from the telethons.' If Mitchell had bore a resemblance to Martin, the illusion may have been even more convincing. Muriel Landers was a welcome, a rotund woman who is flirtatious and pursuing while not being threatening, something virtually unseen even today in film and television. Not a film to see for entertainment, but to just study and contemplate what is and isn't popular. Lewis was famous, Petrillo wasn't. See if you can tell the difference.


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