Bela Lugosi Meets A Brooklyn Gorilla
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- Released in 1952 | B & W
- Running Time: 74 Min.
- Production Co: Jack Broder Productions Inc.
- Distribution Co: Realart Pictures (1952) (USA) (theatrical)
- Directed by William Beaudine
- Written by Tim Ryan, Leo 'Ukie' Sherin, Edmond Seward
- Starring Bela Lugosi, Duke Mitchell, Sammy Petrillo, Charlita, Muriel Landers, Al Kikume, Mickey Simpson, Milton Newberger, Martin Garralaga
- Produced by Jack Broder, Herman Cohen, Maurice Duke
- Original Music by Richard Hazard
- Cinematography by Charles Van Enger
- Film Editing by Philip Cahn
- A horror film that will stiffen you with laughter!
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Sammy Petrillo and singer Duke Mitchell were a Martin & Lewis style duo that played in various clubs in Las Vegas among other cities. Maurice Duke, who managed them, had pitched the idea of Petrillo and Mitchell starring in a movie to several studios. Duke eventually pitched the idea to Realart Pictures Inc. co-owner Jack Broder and his assistant, producer Herman Cohen. Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla was to be the first in a series of films starring Mitchell and Petrillo. Bela Lugosi was cast because Realart Pictures Inc., the company that produced the film, had reissued many of Lugosi's Universal horror films from the 1920s and 1930s. Associate producer Herman Cohen decided it would be foolish not to exploit Bela Lugosi's appearance in the film and decide to retitle the film using Lugosi's name. (Wikipedia)