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Bride of the Gorilla (1951)

Cast: Barbara Payton, Lon Chaney, Jr., Raymond Burr, more...
Director: Curt Siodmak
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
Genre: Horror
Running Time: 66 min.
Languages: English
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This silly, stagebound but entertaining little monster-mash from Universal horror writer/director Curt Siodmak stars burly Raymond Burr as a steward on a rubber plantation whose romantic tryst with the boss' wife (Barbara Payton) eventually leads to the employer's murder. When one of the voodoo-practicing servants of the ex-boss learns of this, he concocts a magic potion which transforms Burr (apparently) into a "sukaras" -- a kind of were-ape which roams the village by night, savaging the locals and sparking a plodding investigation by the local constable (Lon Chaney, Jr.). Enjoyable if only for its relentless goofiness, with an ending that will have most viewers wondering if Siodmak forgot to include a reel or two in his final edit. ~ Cavett Binion, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Boring Beauty and the Beast by Tiger May 5, 2006 - 1:32 PM PDT
Raymond Burr is the beastly foreman of a South American plantation that gets even more beastly after having a curse laid on him by a local witch. The cast barely carries this stale plot of hairy revenge to its obvious end. A lot of '50s horror flicks used metamorphosis as a plot device - that and blonde babes, provided here in the form of Barbara Payton. Lon Chaney Jr. is the local sheriff and Tom Conway, who always plays characters with names like Guy Penrose, Sinclair Winnington, Sir Ian Hunt, etc. rounds out the cast doing his pseudo-British schtick. The director, Curt Siodmak, is best known for writing the original Wolf Man (1941) and a bunch of other Universal monster movies.

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