Movie and Film Reviews (MFR) Comedy,Horror,Sci-Fi Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952)

Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952)

Night club performers, Duke Mitchell (himself) and Sammy Petrillo (himself), intend to fly to Guam, but their plane crash lands on the island of Kola Kola.  The natives are friendly and they meet Nona (Charlita), Cheif Rakos’ (Al Kikume) daughter who is white for some reason and Duke develops a thing for her. However, they meet Dr. Zabor (Bela Lugosi), who also has a thing for Nona and doesn’t like having competition for her heart.  So instead of winning Nona over by outdoing Duke and charming her himself, Zabor uses the experiments on apes he’s being doing on the island to turn Duke into a gorilla.

Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla stands as one of the most unwatchable films that I can’t stop watching.  Duke and Sammy’s roles in this film blatantly rip off Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis and do it rather horribly, but, yet, I laugh at them because of how ridiculous and horrible it is rather than any cleverness on the part of the actors.  Bela Lugosi saw better years by the time he played his role as Dr. Zabor, but he still knows how to deliver the lines.  His passion for acting shows even in what is probably his most ridiculous role.  Ed Wood is sometimes blamed for stealing Lugosi’s dignity for the roles he cast the man in, but those critics have never seen this film.

Regardless of the fact that this film’s hackneyed acting, convoluted plot, and just countless random absurdities with stock footage and strange shots throughout, I still had a great time watching it.  The film never gets boring.  How in the hell can a film get boring when I had to spend the entire time I watched it wondering what the hell is happening.  However, I couldn’t stop watching it no matter how dumb it got.  Perhaps its because the film is as outrageous as it sounds from the title and the camp factor is way up through the roof.

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