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White Gorilla

USA 1945
produced by
Louis Weiss, George M. Merrick (associate) for Fraser & Merrick, Weiss Productions/Artclass
directed by Harry L. Fraser
starring as gorilla & hero Ray Corrigan (= Ray 'Crash' Corrigan), Lorraine Miller, Charles King, Francis Ford, Frank Merrill (stock footage), Albert Smith (stock footage), Eugenia Gilbert (stock footage), Bobby Nelson (stock footage)
written by Harry L. Fraser, musical director: Lee Zahler

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Morgan's (Charles King) trading post, somewhere in nowhere, Africa: Steve Collins (Crash Corrigan) returns heavily injured to the post as the sole survivor of the Bradford (Frank Merrill) expedition, and when asked by the others at the post, he spins what have to be 2 different tales of what happened (and it was 2 different tales, see below).

The first story is that of the fabulous white gorilla (again Crash Corrigan), who, because of being an outcast of his own tribe, attacks every living being, and for some reason Steve has become his personal enemy, and Seve only escaped him with the greatest of efforts.

The second story is the story of Bradford, who with his guide Hanley (Albert Smith) has set out to find the treasure of the cyclops, but, as it happens in these jungles, they are captured by some evil natives and about to be sacrificed when, riding on the trunk of an elefant, the mysterious jungleboy (Bobby Nelson) comes to save them. As soon as they are free the boy disappears again and Bradford, when searching him, stumbles over the beautiful jungle girl (Eugenia Gilbert), whose blind father has the map to the cave of the cyclops ... and this is what makes Hanley angry, and he uses many a trap to get rid of both Bradford and the jungle girl to claim the treasure of the cyclops for himself, but every time the jungleboy - who has mysterious powers over animals as well - comes to save them.

Finally, Bradford and the jungle girl arrive at the cave, and see a tribe of natives called the tiger men ruled by a white priestess, the mother of the jungleboy, but when the natives want to sacrifice Bradford and the girl to the cyclops, the priestess sees her grip over the tribe vaning, and it's only when jungleboy has the nerve to climb into the idol of the cyclops to control its movements manually that ... this story has suddenly come to an end since Steve could no longer watch the proceedings as he again was attacked by the White gorilla.

However, the men of the trading post decide to go look after the rest of the Bradford expedition and only the injured Steve and lovely Ruth (Lorraine Miller) stay behind ... but then Ruth decides to wander off into the jungle alone and of course is no sooner attacked by the White Gorilla, who is now finally shot by Steve.

The men return and state they have found no trace of the Bradford expedition ...

 

If this movie (and even my synopsis) gives you a kind of schizophrenic impression, you are of course absolutely right, as large parts of the story were not shot especially for this movie (the whole Bradford and the jungleboy subplot) but were parts of a 1927 silent serial called Perils of the Jungle (also produced by Louis Weiss/Artclass), and it shows as the acting styles of the silent era differ vastly from the sound era for obvious reasons, and also make-up and costumes are of a quality that made perfect sense in the 1920's but were terribly outdated in 1945. To - rather poorly - bridge the gap between old and new footage, Crash Corrigan's voice-over always explains some ridiculous reasons why he couldn't interfere.

But to add even more to the schizophrenic feel of the movie, Crash Corrigan plays not only the hero in the new segments but also his opponent, the White Gorilla (as he was in his times a noted gorilla-actor), meaning they could not appear together in one shot.

So to sum it all up ... this one is great fun and mustn't be missed.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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