Sh! The Octopus

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Sh! The Octopus
Directed by William McGann
Produced by Jack L. Warner
Screenplay by George Bricker
Based on The Gorilla (1925 play) by Ralph Spence
Sh! The Octopus (1928 play) by Ralph Spence
Ralph Murphy
Donald Gallaher
Starring Hugh Herbert
Allen Jenkins
Marcia Ralston
Edited by Clarence Kolster
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
December 11, 1937
Running time
54 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Sh! The Octopus is a 1937 comedy-horror 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.