Genre: Gorilla Movie
GORILLA, MANIAC MURDERER TERRORIZES SUBURB
GORILLA CLAIMS FIFTH VICTIM
...scream newspaper headlines at the prelude to the film. Now those are the type of newspaper headlines I would like to see while I’m drinking my morning coffee.
Rich tycoon, Walter Stevens (Lionel Atwill), receives a note informing him that he will die tomorrow at midnight and the note is signed by “The Gorilla”.
|Bela Lugosi is taunted by a Ritz Brother|
Bela Lugosi plays Peters, the butler, and is great in his role – typically creepy and obviously a prime suspect. Patsy Kelly is Kitty, the maid, who has one of those ear-grating screams that was so prevalent with the comedic female characters in 1930’s horror movies.
There are plenty of strange goings on as the Ritz Brothers bumble around trying to solve the mystery. Hairy gorilla arms reach out from behind hidden panels in the walls, people disappear without trace, contorted faces peer in through windows and bodies fall out of cupboards.
I personally found the Ritz Brothers' fast firing humour to be very lame, but this may have had something to do with it being the last film in their contract with the studio.
Directed by the accomplished Allan Dwan, who first began his directing career in 1911, this was a remake of an earlier version originally adapted from a stage play.
Not so much a horror movie, but a murder mystery, this will still appeal to all fans of 1930’s horror movies – as well as gorilla movie lovers.