Sh! The Octopus

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Sh! The Octopus
Directed byWilliam McGann
Produced byJack L. Warner
Screenplay byGeorge Bricker
Based onThe Gorilla (1925 play) by Ralph Spence
Sh! The Octopus (1928 play) by Ralph Spence
Ralph Murphy
Donald Gallaher
StarringHugh Herbert
Allen Jenkins
Marcia Ralston
Music byHeinz Roemheld (uncredited)
CinematographyArthur Todd
Edited byClarence Kolster
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
December 11, 1937
Running time
54 minutes
CountryUnited States

Sh! The Octopus is a 1937 comedy-mystery film produced by Warner Bros., directed by William McGann and starring Hugh Herbert, Allen Jenkins and Marcia Ralston. While contract players Herbert and Jenkins frequently appeared in the same picture, this is the only movie to present them as an actual team. The film's oddball qualities have made it something of a cult favorite.


Herbert and Jenkins play two bumbling detectives, who, in pursuit of a master criminal, The Octopus, find themselves inside a haunted lighthouse full of suspicious characters, including the titular character, who appears to be an actual octopus.


Other Media[edit]

Warner Archive released it in 2010 on Region 1 MOD as part of a six-title set, "Warner Bros. Horror/Mystery Double Features." It also airs occasionally on Turner Classic Movies. The film was re-released as a DVD import in 2019.[1]


  1. ^ Empire Magazine; February 2019 issue