The Gorilla (1927)

USA,
80m
black and white, 1.33:1
silent

An American fantasy film directed by Alfred Santell. For many years, the film was believed to be lost but the San Francisco Silent Film Festival announced a screening in their 2024 event of a recently recovered print found in the archives of the Cineteca Milano in Italy, where another previously lost “killer ape” film, Go and Get It (1920) was also discovered.

Plot Summary

An ape is suspected of committing a series of murders.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Alfred Santell
First National Pictures
Produced by: Alfred Santell
Scenario: Alfred A. Cohn, Harry McArthur
Titles: Al Boasberg, Sidney Lazarus
Based on the Play by: Ralph Spence
Director of Photography: Arthur Edeson

Cast
Charles Murray (Garrity)
Fred Kelsey (Mulligan)
Walter Pidgeon (Stevens)
Brooks Benedict (reporter)
Syd Crossley (butler)
Alice Day (Alice Townsend)
Claude Gillingwater (Cyrus Townsend)
Gaston Glass (Marsden)
John Gough (sailor)
Aggie Herring (cook)
Tully Marshall (William Townsend)
John Kolb (the gorilla)

Alternative Titles

El gorila – Spain
Gorilla – Hungary
Gorillaen – Denmark
O Gorila – Brazil
O Gorillas – Greece

Remake
The Gorilla (1939)

References

Periodicals

  • The Bioscope vol.73 no.1106 (15 December 1927) p.45

Books