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The Gorilla Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

When Fox bought the rights to Ralph Spence's warhorse stage mystery-comedy 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, resurfaced on the public-domain market in 1976. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Anita Louise
as Norma Denby
Al Ritz
as Mulligan
Patsy Kelly
as Kitty
Lionel Atwill
as Walter Stevens
Bela Lugosi
as Peters
Joseph Calleia
as Stanger
Edward Norris
as Jack Marsden
Wally Vernon
as Seaman
Paul Harvey
as Conway
The Ritz Brothers [Al, Jimmy, Harry]

Crew

Allan Dwan
Director
Darryl F. Zanuck
Producer
Harry Joe Brown
Producer
Rian James
Screenwriter
Ralph Spence
Play Author
Sid Silvers
Screenwriter
Edward J. Cronjager
Cinematographer
David Buttolph
Musical Direction/Supervision
David Buttolph
Composer (Music Score)
Richard Day
Art Director
Gwen Wakeling
Costume Designer
Roger Heman
Sound/Sound Designer
George Leverett
Sound/Sound Designer
Perc Westmore
Makeup
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