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Mighty Joe Young (1949), starring Terry Moore, Robert Armstrong

Mighty Joe Young

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Mighty Joe Young (1949), starring Terry Moore, Robert Armstrong

On an expedition to Africa, show business promoter Max O’Hara meets Jill Young. She has raised her pet gorilla, Joe, since she was a child. And the promoter wants to use Mighty Joe Young to promote his nightclub. What could possibly go wrong?

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The Ape

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The Ape (1940) starring Boris Karloff

The Ape is an unusual horror film. It has a kindly doctor (Boris Karloff), who’s working on a cure for polio. So, that’s good, although his cure requires human spinal fluid. He has a strong affection for Frances Clifford, suffering from polio. The audience never finds out why, but that’s okay. Then, a circus gorilla escapes. A rather vicious gorilla, that’s terrorizes the townspeople. And it breaks into the doctor’s home!

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Rampage [Dwayne Johnson]

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Rampage (2018) starring Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Dean Morgan

When a genetic experiment goes wrong, it unleashes super creatures that rampage Chicago. Scientist Davis races to secure an antidote to try to save the ape that was once his friend.

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Bride of the Gorilla

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Bride of the Gorilla (1951) starring Raymond Burr, Barbara Payton, Lon Chaney, Jr., Tom Conway

Deep in the South American jungle plantation manager Barney Chavez kills his elderly employer in order to get to his beautiful wife. However, an old native witch witnesses the crime and puts a curse on Barney, who soon after finds himself turning nightly into a rampaging gorilla. But is his transformation real or is it all in his head? Find out in Bride of the Gorilla.

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Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)

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Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932) starring Bela Lugosi, Sidney Fox, Leon Ames

In Murders in the Rue Morgue, Bela Lugosi plays the part of Dr. Mirakle, a showman in Paris a century ago. He is showing his trained ape, Erik, in a sideshow while trying to prove the theory of evolution … By combining the ape’s blood with the blood of a human

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The Monster and the Girl

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The Monster and the Girl (1941) starring George Zucco, Ellen Drew, Phillip Terry, Robert Paige, Paul Lukas

The Monster and the Girl is a very good “B” movie, well acted, with a cast that the audience cares about. It begins as a courtroom drama, only to pivot to a horror movie. It begins by telling the story of a small town girl named Susan Webster (Ellen Drew) who yearns for the sights and sounds of the big city.  Over the objections of her protective brother, Scot (Phillip Terry). What Susan finds in New York isn’t what she bargained for, as she is romanced by smooth talking Larry Reid (Robert Paige) who’s intentions are not as sincere as they first seem. Going through a sham marriage to Larry, she is forced into a prostitution ring run by gangster W. S. Bruhl (Paul Lukas).

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Konga (1961) starring Michael Gough, Margo Johns

In Konga  – a doctor returns from Uganda with a carnivorous plant that he can use to enlarge animals – Konga, the chimpanzee, that he turns into a gorilla — and his own personal tool for murder.

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The Gorilla

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The Gorilla (1939) starring the Ritz Brothers, Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, Edward Norris, Anita Louise

In short,  The Gorilla is a “haunted house” mystery. Lionel Atwill’s character is threatened to become the next victim of “The Gorilla” — a serial killer.   His niece drops in to visit with her fiance. And she announces that they’ll be married in two days. Adding to the creepiness of the house is the butler, Peters, and Patsy Keller as the easily-frightened maid round out the household staff.  Peters is played by Bela Lugosi. He is half the reason to watch the film.  As I watched  The Gorilla with my children, they were all convinced that he must be doing something villainous … Lionel Atwill has hired detectives–the Ritz Brothers–to safeguard him … despite their comical ineptness.

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