Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952)

35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American science fiction/horror film directed by William Beaudine.

Plot Summary

A pair of Brooklyn entertainers, Sammy and Duke, find themselves stranded on a remote jungle island where they fall foul of a mad scientist, Dr Zabor. He's been experimenting on the locals and transforms Duke into a gorilla.


Directed by: William Beaudine
Copyright by Jack Broder Productions MCMLII [1952]
Jack Broder Productions presents
Executive Producer: Jack Broder *
Produced by: Maurice Duke
Associate Producer: Herman Cohen
Screen Play by: Tim Ryan
Additional Dialogue by: “Ukie” Sherin A pseudonym for Leo Sherin] and Edmond G. Seward
Assistant Director: Glenn Cook
Dialogue Director: “Ukie” Sherin
Script Supervisor: Helen McCaffrey
Director of Photography: Charles Van Enger
Editorial Supervisor: Philip Cahn
Music: Richard P. Hazard
Songs: “Deed I Do” by Walter Hirsch & Fred Rose; “Too Soon” by Nick Therry; performed by Duke Mitchell *
Sound: Dean Thomas
RCA Sound System
Men's Wardrobe: Wesley V. Jefferies
Women's Wardrobe: Esther Krebs
Make-Up: Glen Alden
Hairdresser: Ann Locker
Art Director: James Sullivan
Set Decorator: Edward Boyle
Assistant to Producer: Tony Roberts
Director of Choreography: Lee Scott

Bela Lugosi (Dr Zabor) [credited in the opening titles as part of the title]
Duke Mitchell (Duke Mitchell)
Sammy Petrillo (Sammy Petrillo)
Charlita (Nona)
Muriel Landers (Saloma)
Al Kikume (Chief Rakos)
Mickey Simpson (Chula)
Martin Garralaga (Pepe Bordo)
Milton Newberger (Bongo)
Ramona, the chimp
Steve Calvert [gorilla – uncredited]

Alternative Titles

The Boys from Brooklyn – US TV title
Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla
The Monster Meets the Gorilla – UK title

Extracts included in
The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made (2004)


Classic Images no.287 (May 1999) p.38 – review (Video tape reviews by Robert Klepper)
Classic Images no.316 (October 2001) pp.74-75 – illustrated interview with Alex Gordon (Alex Gordon on Bela Lugosi meets a Brooklyn Gorilla as told to Tom Weaver by Tom Weaver)
Filmfax no.53 (November/December 1995) pp.29-32, 70, 71, 76 – illustrated interview with Sammy Petrillo (Confessions of a Brooklyn Gorilla by Ted Okuda and Scott MacGillivray)
Filmfax no.57 (October/November 1996) pp.30-31 – illustrated review (by Scott MacGillivray)
The Hollywood Reporter 8 September 1952 – review
Kine Weekly no.2456 22 Jul 1954, pp. 27 – credits, review
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.21 no.248 September 1954, pp. 139 – credits, review
Variety 10 September 1952 – credits, review

Creature Features Movie Guide Strikes Again by John Stanley p.39 – credits, review
Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.38 – review, credits
Horror and Science Fiction Films: A Checklist by Donald C. Willis p.43 – credits
Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.28 – credits
by Walt Lee p.30 – credits