Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla
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"That chimp is the best actor in the flick!"
The chimp performed complex comic actions, room-to-room walkthrus, and used perfect timing. Much of it in long, uncut sequences. The chimp never missed a beat and always "hit his mark.' Let me tell you, I almost thought it was an human in a suit, if not an inserted, contemporary CGI character.
But nope, it was a real chimp - none other than CHEETA, of Tarzan movie fame (portraying "in drag" as "Ramona" - like Lassie did, I guess, and billed with a screen alias - maybe it was a legal thing).
And get this - Cheeta is ALIVE and turns 74 this year. He's the oldest chimp on record and mentioned for it in Guinesses. Moveover, he's happily living in Palm Springs at the Cheeta Primate Sanctuary, Inc, with the nephew of his original trainer! He watches TV, looks thru National Geographic and paints pictures (not a bad retirement at all)! So, if you enjoyed watching this primate star over the years as much as I have, visit him and the retired primate santuary at [...] - consider sending a donation to a worthy cause!
The 69-year-old Bela Lugosi is an excellent comic foil, and even plays romantic scenes persuasively. The playful Petrillo improvises to confound Lugosi, but Lugosi -- ever the professional -- never loses command of the scene. The crew gets the maximum value from the budget, with good photography and musical score, and here's a small mark of authenticity, as jungle movies go: "Ramona the Chimp" is really Cheeta of the Tarzan series.
Digiview's DVD edition is an extraordinary value. Picture and sound quality compare favorably to the premium laserdisc editions; the Realart logo is missing from this DVD, but everything else is here.
If you can get this movie for a reasonable price, it's worth a look, for Jerry Lewis Fans.
The transfer is positively flawless: great sound and a clean, break-free full-sized picture throughout. Of course there's no extras, but who needs some erudite analysis of this simple movie, anyway?
Sammy Petrillo as Jerry Lewis is nothing less than remarkable. No wonder Jerry hated this younger man on sight! The kid had his act down to the tiniest nuance. Especially enjoyable is when Sammy drops the "la-la-la nice lady" voice to do a corny stand-up routine in his natural baritone and manner. Just like that (snap) Jerry Lewis vanishes.
Conversely, Duke Mitchell is no Dean Martin, and he clearly knows it. Twice, Mitchell sings in a near-operatic vibrato. The balance of the time he's content to let Sammy carry the load, which the kid does admirably.
Evidence of a 'C' grade budget is everywhere-- in the cheap sets, store-bought wardrobes, jungle animal stock footage and lack of retakes. Example of the latter: once they enter Lugosi's home, Sammy flashes a tiny grin after sarong-clad 'Nona' (Charlita) mentions how brilliant 'Dr. Zabor' is. He matter-of-factly replies, "Anybody who'd live in a creep joint like this must be a moronic idiot." Duke glances at him, breaks into a broad smile and Sam responds in kind. These men must like each other. At very least, they're enjoying themselves and so can we, thanks to the inclusion of an imperfect but cute 'take.'
"Brooklyn Gorilla" is mindless fun. It belongs in the home libraries of Lugosi and Lewis fans alike. This fine-quality dub guarantees you'll never seek a 'better' copy elsewhere. Buy with confidence!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Merry Christmas!!! I was able to find this movie at such a great price. BELA LUGOSI plays a mad scientist who meets DEAN MARTIN and JERRY LEWIS impersonators in an ISLAND OF... Read morePublished 7 months ago by George Hutchins
Duke and Sammy are very much like Dino (Dean Martin) and Jerry Lewis. They end up stranded on an island with some friendly natives and the strange Dr. Zabor (Lugosi). Read morePublished 10 months ago by Rainey Dawn
This movie won't win any movie awards but it's not that bad as reviewers commented. It wasn't meant to be anything but what it is and it's pretty
good movie. Read more
I would not recommend this movie for everyone only because it's one of those sometimes nostalgia pieces from the 50s but the two main characters gave me a few chuckles.. Read morePublished on May 20, 2014 by DIBLEY2200
This is a great Saturday Matinee'-type film that the whole family can enjoy. The quality of the print is superb!Published on November 30, 2012 by John Cousin
This movie was so bad, I even had a difficult time riffing it. The two night-club actors do a nails-running-across-a chalk-board kind of annoying imitation of Lewis and Martin on... Read morePublished on March 18, 2012 by Brenda Bailey
Bella's last movie. He coldn't get any other work. His schtick had worn out by this time but he was still Bella! This movie is like no other. Read morePublished on March 7, 2011 by Mark
Sammy is often deemed a cult hero for his work in this film. While he is a funny man, he is far from being a hero. He left his wife and four small children in 1969. Read morePublished on May 20, 2009 by Shawn Patrello
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