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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952)

Some actors will do anything for a paycheck.  Case in point is Bela Lugosi's performance in Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla which is also known as The Boys From Brooklyn.  This big steaming pile of poo is a vehicle for the comedy duo of Duke Mitchell and Sammy Petrillo who try to look and sound like Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis  but fail miserably at every turn.  They simply aren't funny.  Not even once.
Lugosi is cast, yet again, as the "mad scientist" on a remote Pacific Island and gives one of the worst performances of his career.  He delivers endless lines of scientific mumbo jumbo with the nuance of a sledge hammer.  It's painful to watch.
Add to this extravaganza of bad taste that is Broadway-style dancing from native islanders, a ridiculously made up language for them to speak and costumes that look like they came from the Halloween superstore, and you've got a recipe for disaster.  I'm not a violent man, but if I were around in 1952 I would have been tempted to shoot everyone in the production crew in the head to prevent them from making further movies.  It really is that bad.  I wasted 74 minutes of my life that I cannot get back watching this dookie-fest.  You've been warned.
RATING: Bad.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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