Tuesday, April 6, 2010
GORILLA VS BELA
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.