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October 6, 2021

Episode 541: Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952)

Special Guests: Michael Barrie, Gary D. Rhodes
Guest Co-Hosts: Fredde Duke, Richard Whitley, Jamie Klein

We are kicking off Shocktober 2021 with a look at William Beaudine’s Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952) which stars Bela Lugosi (as you may have guessed) as well as comedy duo Sammy Petrillo and Duke Mitchell. They’re a knock-off Martin & Lewis team and they’re found on a little island in the Pacific that is populated by stock footage of African animals.

Rich Whitley, Jamie Klein, and Fredde Duke join Mike to discuss the film as well as Fredde's documentary about her father, producer Maurice Duke, Fuck 'Em. Screenwriter Michael Barrie also stops by as well.

Mike also speaks with writer Gary D. Rhodes about his work including his latest two-volume set, Becoming Dracula: The Early Years of Bela Lugosi.

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1 comment:

  1. I first stumbled across this one as a kid on local San FRancisco UHF station KBHK 44 way back the late 60s/early 70s. Confused the living hell out of me. I won't say that I loved it, but it stirred a lot of curiosity. And I've grown to to love it for what it is over the years. Lugosi actually looks pretty relaxed, Petrillo is astonishing. Not funny exactly, but astonishing. Love his weird quip to a native girl: "Meet me in the glove compartment." This is a strange soup, even for B-movies. I'm so glad it exists.