Bride of the Gorilla

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Bride of the Gorilla
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Film poster
Directed by Curt Siodmak
Produced by Jack Broder
Edward Leven
Written by Curt Siodmak
Starring Barbara Payton
Lon Chaney Jr.
Raymond Burr
Music by Raoul Kraushaar
Mort Glickman
Cinematography Charles Van Enger
Edited by Francis D. Lyon
Distributed by Jack Broder Productions Inc.
Release date(s) October 1951
Running time 70 min
Country United States
Language English

Bride of the Gorilla is a 1951 B-movie film directed by Curt Siodmak and starring Raymond Burr, Lon Chaney Jr. and Barbara Payton. The pre-release working title was The Face in the Water.

Plot[edit]

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, an old native witch 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 with 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.

In other media[edit]

There is a mocking reference to the movie in the 1973 first season episode "Sticky Wicket" of M*A*S*H.

The movie is featured in the first episode of the Ed the Sock series This Movie Sucks! with commentary making fun of the movie by Ed, Liana Kerzner and Ron Sparks.

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.

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