“The Gorilla” is set during a crime spree where a serial killer known as the gorilla is running around wreaking havoc, stealing precious items from rich people and murdering his victims. Just then a wealthy businessman is threatened by the Gorilla and in come the Ritz Brothers, playing a trio of detectives investigating the culprit behind the threats. While in the dark mansion where lightning and thunder roar outside, the detectives have to contend with a spooky butler, as played by Bela Lugosi, and an easily rattled maid.
She’s played by the hilarious Patsy Kelly, who delivers hysterical one-liners to the inept detectives, and pulls off priceless double takes and horrified reactions. Her introduction involving her fond good night after reading Shakespeare resulting in a confrontation with the Gorilla is still raucously funny and brilliantly timed. I especially loved character Harrigan’s disastrous confrontation with Lugosi, and his battle with a wall attached ironing board. “The Gorilla” sadly ends on a flat note with a disappointing reveal of the mysterious Gorilla killer, and a somewhat unsatisfying fade to black, but it’s still a short and sweet horror comedy that garners a few laughs, and some fun horror tropes.