Bride of the Gorilla
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|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. Taro and his friend Dr. Viet (Conway) follow her screams in the jungle and shoot Barney.
- Raymond Burr as Barney Chavez
- Barbara Payton as Dina Van Gelder
- Lon Chaney Jr. as Police Commissioner Taro (credited as Lon Chaney)
- Tom Conway as Dr. Viet
- Gisela Werbisek as Al-Long (credited as Giselle Werbisek)
- Carol Varga as Larina
- Paul Cavanagh as Klaas Van Gelder
- Paul Maxey as Van Heusen
- Woody Strode as Nedo (Policeman)
- Felippa Rock as Stella Van Heusen
- Moyna Macgill as Mrs. Van Heusen
- Steve Calvert as Gorilla (uncredited)
In popular culture
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 2015 book SCRIPTS FROM THE CRYPT: Bride of the Gorilla goes into detail about the film and its production.
The film was shot in 10 days. Edward G. Robinson Jr. was originally cast in the film but was fired by the producers after his arrest for writing a bad check for $138 to the Laguna Beach Garage. The gorilla of the movie's title only appears in the last few minutes of the film. The film's working title was The Face in the Water. Curt Siodmak considered switching the roles of Lon Chaney Jr. and Raymond Burr, but because of Chaney's deteriorating appearance, the idea was dropped.
- "SCRIPTS FROM THE CRYPT: BRIDE OF THE GORILLA (SOFTCOVER EDITION) by Tom Weaver, introduction by John Landis". Bearmanor Media. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
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