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The Gorilla (1939).

July 24, 2009

The Scoop:
I watch this crap so you don’t have to.

Why should you bother watching “The Gorilla”? This one is only for the morbidly curious who want to see Bela Lugosi’s career in mid-decline. Here he plays straight man (as does the similarly-declining Lionel Atwill) to the tragically unfunny Ritz Brothers who are trying to solve the mystery of a serial killer in an old mansion.

They don’t get much more boring than this. Even eight hours of Andy Warhol’s camera trained on the Empire State Building will entertain you more than “The Gorilla.”

Seriously, I can’t recommend this movie to you less. I shouldn’t even be writing about it, and you shouldn’t even be reading about it. As it is, we’ve all just wasted a few precious minutes of our finite lives on it, not to mention all the irreplaceable fossil fuels we’ve just burned up by using our computers to deal with it. Let’s all just cut our losses now and move on. Please, just move on.

Best Line:
“But how could a monkey write those notes to Uncle Walter?”

Side Note:
The costumes were designed by Gwen Wakeling, who would go on to create Barbara Eden’s iconic costume for “I Dream of Jeannie.”

Companion Viewing:
“The Bat Whispers” (1930).

1,000 Misspent Hours.

Take a Look:
Here’s a taste. Now imagine 66 straight minutes of this:

You best watch out. Bela regulates the fridge:

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