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Gorilla at Large (1954)

Not Rated | | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery | May 1954 (USA)
At a carnival called the Garden of Evil, a man is murdered, apparently by a gorilla...or someone in a gorilla suit.

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Harmon Jones
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cameron Mitchell ... Joey Matthews
Anne Bancroft ... Laverne Miller
Lee J. Cobb ... Detective Sgt. Garrison
Raymond Burr ... Cy Miller
Charlotte Austin ... Audrey Baxter
Peter Whitney ... Kovacs
Lee Marvin ... Shaughnessy--Policeman
Warren Stevens ... Joe, Detective
John Kellogg ... Morse (as John G. Kellogg)
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Storyline

At sinister carnival The Garden of Evil, the main attraction is Goliath, "world's largest gorilla...cost the lives of 1,000 men before his capture." Barker Joey Matthews is about to enter the gorilla act, teamed with seductive mantrap Laverne, the owner's wife. Then a man is found dead of a broken neck. Was it Goliath or someone wearing Joey's gorilla suit? Detective Sgt. Garrison finds four interlocked romantic triangles among the suspects... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Get out of his way - Before it's too late! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gorilla See more »

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Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Panoramic Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Later in life, Anne Bancroft would cite this film in interviews as an example of how bad her early roles for Twentieth Century Fox were. See more »

Goofs

When Shaughnessy is standing in front of the gorilla's cage door and is knocked out the gorilla walks out of the cage normally without stepping over a body. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Garrison: You've always been this alert, Shaughnessy?
Shaughnessy: Always on my toes!
Sgt. Garrison: Well, get off 'em. You're a cop, not a ballet dancer.
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Alternate Versions

Originally released in 3D. See more »


Soundtracks

Blue Waters
(uncredited)
Music by Cyril J. Mockridge
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3-D ape fun
21 September 2004 | by ChungMoSee all my reviews

Just saw the new print of this maligned fun house of a production. First of all if you can't see this in real projected 3-D, I suggest skipping it. The color 3-D photography is excellent and the crew only pulls off the typical stick-it-in-the-camera 3-D hijinks a few times. The opening sequence of Raymond Burr walking through the carnival is some of the most effective 3-D photography I have ever seen.

The story...yipes! It's campy and weird in an Ed Wood sort of way but it seems that the entire cast and crew were in on the joke. Lee Marvin and Lee J. Cobb both time their performances in a very strange but funny way. Anne Bancroft vamps up a storm in some scenes and Raymond Burr plods thru his role. The gorilla suit is funny too. Good movie? No! Fun? Yes!

The second half drags at points and the 3-D photography loses a little steam here. I wouldn't want to sit through this movie in 2-D at this point.

Who knows if this is ever going to be projected again, but if it is and you enjoy 50's kitsch make it a priority. The screening I was at, during the intermission, projected 1950's era 3-D nudie slides by...HAROLD LLOYD, the silent film comedian! Unfortunately, I don't think that will ever happen again.


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