Bride of the Gorilla

Bride of the Gorilla is a 1951 horror B-movie film directed by Curt Siodmak and starring Raymond Burr, Lon Chaney Jr., Barbara Payton and Tom Conway.

Bride of the Gorilla
Film poster
Directed byCurt Siodmak
Produced byJack Broder
Edward Leven
Written byCurt Siodmak
StarringBarbara Payton
Lon Chaney Jr.
Raymond Burr
Tom Conway
Music byRaoul Kraushaar
Mort Glickman
CinematographyCharles Van Enger
Edited byFrancis D. Lyon
Distributed byJack Broder Productions Inc.
Release date
  • October 24, 1951 (1951-10-24)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States


Deep in the South American jungles, plantation manager Barney Chavez (Burr) kills his elderly employer in order to get to his beautiful wife Dina Van Gelder (Payton). However, old native witch Al-Long (Gisela Werbisek) witnesses the crime and puts a curse on Barney, who soon after finds himself turning nightly into a rampaging gorilla. When a wise but superstitious police commissioner Taro (Chaney) is brought in to investigate the plantation owner's death and a rash of strange animal killings, he begins to suspect that all is not as it seems. Dina is also becoming suspicious of Barney, who seems to be more in love with the jungle than with her. She follows him one night into the jungle, only to be attacked by the feral Barney. Taro and his friend Dr. Viet (Conway) follow her screams in the jungle and shoot Barney.


There is a mocking reference to the movie in the 1973 first-season episode "Sticky Wicket" of M*A*S*H.

The movie is featured in the first episode of the Ed the Sock series This Movie Sucks! with commentary making fun of the movie by Ed, Liana Kerzner and Ron Sparks.

The film was also the first movie lampooned on MSTing show Incognito Cinema Warriors XP in 2008. The film was greatly ridiculed by the characters, who made much light of the overly-dark scenes taking place in the jungle, as well as the promiscuous nature of Barbara Payton's character.

The 2015 book SCRIPTS FROM THE CRYPT: Bride of the Gorilla goes into detail about the film and its production.[1]


The film was shot in 10 days. Edward G. Robinson Jr. was originally cast in the film but was fired by the producers after his arrest for writing a bad check for $138 to the Laguna Beach Garage. The gorilla of the movie's title only appears in the last few minutes of the film. The film's working title was The Face in the Water. Curt Siodmak considered switching the roles of Lon Chaney Jr. and Raymond Burr, but because of Chaney's deteriorating appearance, the idea was dropped.

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