Tuesday, April 6, 2010

GORILLA VS BELA

MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE (1932) still

I have such mixed feelings about RUE MORGUE - I love Lugosi without refrain, he can do no wrong, even in a somewhat muddled rendition of the classic Poe tale but the butchery of Gemora's role as Erik the ape is painful to watch. Ludicrous inserts of a real chimpanzee was substituted for all of Gemora's suit closeups. Why it was thought to be necessary when Gemora's talents in INGAGI(1930) had fooled audiences into believing the ape was the real deal just 2 years earlier, I cannot fathom. I will simply have to soothe my savage emotions with this wonderful still of our two stars having a difference of opinion. Unfortunately, this gem surpassed $100 on Ebay some time ago and I had to let slip through my fingers.

2 comments:

  1. Some sweet Gorilla action in this one - have you covered it? http://www.archive.org/details/HouseOfMystery1934

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  2. Damned if I'm not confused about this one - is there a chimp running about as a 'killer ape' in this flick? I must be getting my wires crossed because I noticed what looked like 2 gorilla suits in the early moments of the film. I eagerly anticipate checking it out more thoroughly - thanks for the heads up!

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