Bride of the Gorilla
|Bride of the Gorilla|
|Directed by||Curt Siodmak|
|Produced by||Jack Broder
|Written by||Curt Siodmak|
Lon Chaney Jr.
|Music by||Raoul Kraushaar
|Cinematography||Charles Van Enger|
|Edited by||Francis D. Lyon|
|Distributed by||Jack Broder Productions Inc.|
Deep in the South American jungles, plantation manager Barney Chavez (Burr) kills his elderly employer in order to get to his beautiful wife Dina Van Gelder (Payton). However, old native witch Al-Long (Gisela Werbisek) witnesses the crime and puts a curse on Barney, who soon after finds himself turning nightly into a rampaging gorilla. When a wise but superstitious police commissioner Taro (Chaney) is brought in to investigate the plantation owner's death and a rash of strange animal killings, he begins to suspect that all is not as it seems. Dina is also becoming suspicious of Barney, who seems to be more in love with the jungle than with her. She follows him one night into the jungle, only to be attacked by the feral Barney. The police chief follows her screams in the jungle and shoots Barney.
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The film was also the first movie lampooned on MSTing show Incognito Cinema Warriors XP in 2008. The film was greatly ridiculed by the characters, who made much light of the overly-dark scenes taking place in the jungle, as well as the promiscuous nature of Barbara Payton's character.
The film was shot in 10 days. Edward G. Robinson Jr. was originally cast for the movie but was fired by the producers after his arrest for writing a bad check of a $138 to the Laguna Beach Garage. The gorilla in the movie's title actually only appears in the last few minutes of the film. The film working title was " The Face in the Water". Curt Siodmak considered interchanging the roles of Lon Chaney Jr. and Raymond Burr but because of Chaney's deteriorating looks, the idea was dropped.
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