Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Happy National Gorilla Suit Day ! Janaury 31st 2015

It's that time of year again gang !
As we all know, Mad Magazine legend Don Martin created National Gorilla Suit Day originally as a skit in Mad....Never realizing it would catch on as a real, honest ta gosh holiday !
Now anyone who owns, or can borrow, or rent a gorilla suit can participate !
 Or if you can't get a gorilla suit, you can coat yourself in glue and roll on the floor of a barbershop and celebrate too !
 The thing is to go out into the world, and do a gorilla suit !
Go to a party, hang at a bar, go shopping, yard work, whatever gorilla suits your fancy !
Just be SAFE in what you do ! no driving or anything dangerous wearing a suit safe, and have fun !
That's what Don Martin had in mind when he came up with it, and fun is the name of the game !

Here are some shots of  Movie Monster making Monkey Man Chris Walas and myself celebrating last year....So take photos of yourselves doing your gorilla thing !
You can send your photos to and see them right here !

Now....GO APE !!!!!

ZOOT !!!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Castle Films Presents....White Gorilla !

Hey Gang !
What a treat we have in store for you this time !
My good friend Craig Scott Lamb has taken the have been classic White Gorilla , and turned it into a TRUE classic in the finest tradition of Castle Films !

What are Castle Films you say ? Well back in the dark ages before we had Internet streaming, DVD'S or even VHS videos, the only option to own your favorite movies was to buy it on actual film and put it on a projector...just like at the theater !
The place to get them was Castle Films !
Castle Films were shorter, digest versions of your favorite films, featuring all the great Universal Monsters, travel films, comedies, adventures, and every other genre imaginable !
Castle's could be ordered from many magazines back then including the legendary, Famous Monsters of Filmland !

Craig meticulously crafted the notoriously laborious White Gorilla ( starring iconic gorilla man Crash Corrigan as an ape, and himself ! ) into an exciting, faster paced adventure yarn from the classic  days of cinema !

And the best part of all ??? Craig owns Castle Films, so yes, this is a REAL live Castle Film for the modern day !

So without further ado, We now present....White Gorilla !

Now, pop up some popcorn...grab a soda, and enjoy White Gorilla !

Speaking of Crash Corrigan...Craig is in pre-production on and amazing biopic about the amazing life of Crash Corrigan, called appropriately enough...CRASH !!!!

Keep checking in here my fellow ape fans, as we'll have incredible coverage on Crash from the creators themselves including several gorilla men you know !

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Have Yourself a Very Hairy Apemas !

Hiya Gorilla Gang !
From your friends here at HGM , we would like to wish you all the very happiest holidays ever !

And nothing puts us in the holiday spirit like our old friend Tracy the Gorilla in a Santy Claws hat !

Here Tracy (as trained by our good buddy and big gorilla brother Bob Burns ) wishes you Hairy Apemas with the help of legendary Hollywood Sculptor Chris Mueller !
For those who don't know, Chris sculpted the original Creature from the black Lagoon, and the giant squid from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea !

So on behalf of myself ( Bongo), Gorilla Man, and Bob Burns..... Happy Holidays !

Photo courtesy of Bob Burns

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Maddening Monkey Mystery....SOLVED !!!...Meet Jack Leonard !

Hiya gang !,
If there's on thing I love, it's solving a mystery !
Especially if the mystery is finding the identities of those hard working guys who toiled long hours in impossibly hot and heavy gorilla suits....and never got credit !!!
For over 6 years we've searched far and wide trying to find the secret Identity of THIS gorilla !
This fellow has appeared in Terry and the Pirates (1940 ) Mickey's Ape Man (1933) and  Tim Tyler's Luck (1937 )
This had not only stumped Gorilla man and myself but also the grand master of gorilla history, Bob Burns.

Thanks to (Charles Gemora) historian Jason Barnett... we have the answer ! While doing research for his upcoming  documentary about Charlie, (more to come on that !) Jason came across this article :

After a quick check into it, Jason also produced this photo :

Here Jack Leonard grapples with big Tom Tyler in "The Jungle Mystery" (1932 )

With that bit of concrete information on Jack Leonard, the members of our sister site on Facebook, Ape Suit Cinema went into action...and the info started growing. As we would compile it, we would find even more clues along the way
 As you can see, Jack Leonard's gorilla was the focal point of at least one chapter of The Jungle Mystery.

You can really see the beautiful hair work on Leonard's suit in this shot ! The proportions are fantastic as well.
Photo courtesy Craig Scott Lamb/ASC

Leonard had a second, more comical head he used with the same body later in his gorilla career.
This head was seen most prominently in Terry and the Pirates 1940.
For Terry, the ears were made more  pronounced by trimming the fur on the head shorter.
As goofy as it was, it did look kind of fun to me.

Leonard's role in Terry was huge by gorilla standards and came very close in screen time to Emil Van Horn's hefty role as "Satan" in Peril's of Nyoka .

Leonard had teamed up with the great Charles Gemora three years earlier in Tim Tyler's Luck (1937) as two rampaging gorillas locked in deadly combat !

Jack Leonard (left) Vs Charles Gemora !
Note the very distinct differences in faces. 

Jack Leonard...another lost gorilla man found !

A very special thanks to Bob Burns, Jason Barnett, Craig Scott Lamb, Chris Walas, and George Chastain, for their invaluable help solving this Monkey Man Mystery !

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hey! Let me out of here !

Poor George Barrows just can't seem to get along with Hillbillies. ..Beverly or otherwise  !
Here's a great lobby card from the classic,  Hillbillies in a Haunted House !

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Monster Gorilla stalks the Amazon.....

Hiya gorilla gang,
Something very cool is happening right now for the crew behind Monster Gorilla !
Monster Gorilla is now on sale at !
The super fun tribute to the old gorilla movies of the past, with  a modern heroine played by the beautiful Heather Brinkley !
I won't repeat the details of the film,  since you can just look back a few posts and you can see the details for yourself .
Amazon will make it much easier to get a hold of a copy of your own on DVD !

As an added bonus, Just let us know when ordering, and we can autograph it to you if you want !
Wow ! How cool is that!

Get yours now !.....and tell 'em Bongo sent you !

Friday, August 15, 2014

Was this the first Hollywood Gorilla Man ???

Hey there true believers ! How much excitement are you looking for ?!?!
I just had to borrow Stan Lee's line because it seems so perfect for this great discovery !
My dear friend and brother in arms, Craig Scott Lamb ( the creator of our Facebook sister site Ape Suit Cinema) has gone above and beyond in this exciting discovery !
While researching an exciting new movie project about a gorilla man we know and love (more on this later)
Craig stumbled across this incredible bit of history !
The 20 chapter serial " the Perils of Pauline" (1914) featured this early gorilla suit.
Unfortunately the full 20 chapter version is lost to the ages and we are left with the shorter 9 chapter version.
As bad luck would have it the gorilla does not appear in the shorter version...
All that is left are these few amazing photos, and damned fine ones they are !
With a date of 1914, we can't find any instances of an earlier ape suit in a motion picture....ever!
So it looks like Craig found the one...the only...First ever Hollywood Gorilla Man!

This is truly an amazing find !
Our HGM master gorilla suit builder Chris Walas pointed out that the eye opening for this suit was a single opening rather than two individual eye holes.
Another more famous instance of this configuration was Emil VanHorn's  suit !
 It a damned shame that this gorilla footage was lost with the longer cut of the serial.
Had it survived it would be a great addition to our collection of Simian Cinema !

The Perils of Pauline (1914) was produced by the Electric Film Company and distributed by  Pathe.