The Gorilla (1930)

58 mins | Comedy, Mystery | 1930

Director:

Bryan Foy

Writer:

Ralph Spence

Cinematographer:

Sid Hickox

Editor:

George Amy

Production Company:

First National Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The Gorilla marked the feature film debut of Broadway and vaudeville comedian and dancer Joe Frisco (1889--1958). This film was the first sound and dialogue adaptation of Ralph Spence's play. First National produced a 1927 silent adaptation that was directed by Alfred Santell and starred Charlie Murray and Fred Kelsey as the detectives. Walter Pidgeon also appeared in the 1927 versions, portraying "Stevens." The 1939 Fox film The Gorilla, directed by Allan Dwan and starring the Ritz Brothers as bumbling detectives, Garrity, Mulligan and Harrigan was also based on the play (see entries).
       Reviews indicate that the plot of the 1930 picture differed from the 1927 silent film in some details and characterizations but no available contemporary reviews reveal the identity of the murderer. ... More Less

The Gorilla marked the feature film debut of Broadway and vaudeville comedian and dancer Joe Frisco (1889--1958). This film was the first sound and dialogue adaptation of Ralph Spence's play. First National produced a 1927 silent adaptation that was directed by Alfred Santell and starred Charlie Murray and Fred Kelsey as the detectives. Walter Pidgeon also appeared in the 1927 versions, portraying "Stevens." The 1939 Fox film The Gorilla, directed by Allan Dwan and starring the Ritz Brothers as bumbling detectives, Garrity, Mulligan and Harrigan was also based on the play (see entries).
       Reviews indicate that the plot of the 1930 picture differed from the 1927 silent film in some details and characterizations but no available contemporary reviews reveal the identity of the murderer. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
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DATE
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Chicago Tribune
11 Dec 1930
p. 19.
Film Daily
1 Mar 1931.
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Los Angeles Times
12 Nov 1930
p. A9.
New York Times
23 Feb 1931
p. 20.
Variety
25 Feb 1931
p. 12.
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LITERARY
Based on the play The Gorilla by Ralph Spence (New York, 28 Apr 1925).
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DETAILS
Release Date:
1930
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 20 February 1930
Copyright Claimant:
First National Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
16 November 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1730
Physical Properties:
Sound
Vitaphone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
58
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Noted zoologist Cyrus Stevens, guardian to Alice Denby, hires bumbling detectives Garrity and Mulligan to come to his country house and protect him by uncovering the perpetrator of a series of murders. Stevens is then murdered. Because the killer is assumed to be a gorilla, Mulligan decides that Garrity should don a gorilla suit and search for the animal, putting a white ribbon around Garrity's neck to distinguish him from the real beast. Suspicion falls on Arthur Marsden, who is Stevens' secretary and Alice's sweetheart. After a series of misadventures, the gorilla is revealed to be a man in a gorilla ... +


Noted zoologist Cyrus Stevens, guardian to Alice Denby, hires bumbling detectives Garrity and Mulligan to come to his country house and protect him by uncovering the perpetrator of a series of murders. Stevens is then murdered. Because the killer is assumed to be a gorilla, Mulligan decides that Garrity should don a gorilla suit and search for the animal, putting a white ribbon around Garrity's neck to distinguish him from the real beast. Suspicion falls on Arthur Marsden, who is Stevens' secretary and Alice's sweetheart. After a series of misadventures, the gorilla is revealed to be a man in a gorilla suit. +

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