Horror Classics 6: The Gorilla/Nabonga [DVD]

Ritz Brothers fans, get ready to go ape with this frightfully funny double feature from the fine folks at Roan Group Archival Entertainment and Troma DVD. Though the lack of special features may leave something to be desired, the release of these campy classics will leave DVD owners reeling with nostalgia. The good times begin as the brothers team with Bela Lugosi to investigate a series of murders apparently perpetrated by a simian fiend in The Gorilla (1939). With its haunted-house setting and the presence of the screen's most memorable Transylvanian blood sucker, fun is sure to be had by all. Nabonga (1944) finds everyone's favorite yesteryear sci-fi hero Larry "Buster" Crabbe in a rollicking jungle adventure with lovely Julie London and a loyal gorilla who will stop at nothing to protect her as the trio are pursued through the foliage by menacing villains. Presented in English Dolby Digital Stereo audio in their original 1.33:1 full-screen aspect ratios, this newly restored double feature is sure to have much appeal to the young and old alike.
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In this campy jungle adventure, an embezzler's daughter is the sole survivor of a plane crash. Hurt and afraid, the woman is befriended by a gorilla who protects her from danger. They stay together for many years when one day a man appears looking for the stolen loot. At first Nabonga wants to rip his head off, but the girl soothes him and convinces him that the stranger is okay. After that the threesome set off across the jungle to have many more adventures and stop the villains who pursue them. Also known as Gorilla. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

The Gorilla
When Fox bought the rights to Ralph Spence's warhorse stage mystery-comedy The Gorilla for the Ritz Brothers, they walked out en masse, refusing to work on the picture until their contracts were renegotiated and the script heavily rewritten. The finished product features an escaped circus gorilla apparently perpetrating a series of murders. Imperiled lawyer Walter Stevens (Lionel Atwill) may well be the next victim, so he summons detectives Garrity, Harrigan and Mullivan (Jimmy, Harry and Al Ritz) to provide protection. It turns out that (a) the murderer is human rather than simian, (b) Stevens is hardly a paragon of virtue, and (c) the person really in danger is young heiress Norma Denby (Anita Louise). Long unavailable for reappraisal, The Gorilla resurfaced on the public-domain market in 1976. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Larry "Buster" Crabbe
    Larry "Buster" Crabbe - Ray Gorman
  • Fifi D'Orsay
    Fifi D'Orsay - Marie
  • Barton MacLane
    Barton MacLane - Carl Hurst
  • Julie London
    Julie London - Doreen Stockwell
  • Bryant Washburn
    Bryant Washburn - Hunter

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