GORILLAS IN THEIR NATIVE HABITAT – BROOKLYN – THIS WEEK IN THE VAULT!
There are always clones somewhere in the VAULT but we have a couple of clones in the film too this week. Join UNCLE PETE in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN as we bring you the wacky romantic music-filled comedy horror classic Bela Lugosi Meets A Brooklyn Gorilla. It stars Duke Michell as Duke Mitchell and Sammy Petrillo as Sammy Petrillo in their only cinematic outing presenting their clone-like impersonations of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis (another couple of actor/singer/comic type guys who also had movie and recording careers, or so I’ve heard).
Duke and Sammy, flying on their way to entertain the troops stationed in Guam, mistake the Out Door for the powder room and wind up landing on a deserted (or so they think) island (good thing they were wearing their parachutes). It turns out they’ve landed on the very inhabited island of Kola Kola at the far end of the Zamboanga group (and as you may know, the monkeys have no tails in Zamboanga – but that’s another song…). The chief’s daughter Nona (played by Charlita) saves the boys’ lives and sparks fly between Nona and Dukey. But there’s a Mad Scientist in the ointment. There’s a castle nearby owned by Dr. Zabor (Bela Lugosi) that the natives avoid like a porcupine in a nudist colony. But since Nona has a job as a lab assistant with the Doctor, Duke and Sammy head up there to see about getting off the island. Unfortunately, Zabor also has eyes for Nona and decides to get Duke out of the way by using him as the donor for his brain transfer experiment involving a big ol’ gorillillilla! As might be expected, wacky hi-jinx ensue! This 1952 gem from director William Beaudine also features Ramona the Chimp, and you gotta love any movie with a Ramona in it.
Meanwhile, UNCLE PETE gets a bit of a disappointment when he finds the big name Hollywood feature presentation he had planned ain’t gonna happen. He slips into a flashback of his days as host of a radio advice phone-in show with some interesting callers. But he also manages to dig up not one, but two, helpings of our favorite cartoon cutie, Betty Boop, with 1933’s The Old Man Of The Mountain (featuring Cab Calloway and His Orchestra) and 1932’s Betty Boop’s Bamboo Isle! Pull out your sarongs, your grass skirts and your half coconut drinking cup things. It’s two hours of songs, dances, and snappy patter this Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 10PM to midnight on channel 4 in Binghamton, channel 17 in Sayre/Montrose, and channel 99 in Hornell/Elmira/Corning. Flashbacks and a gorilla with UNCLE PETE and Bela Lugosi Meets A Brooklyn Gorilla, the next feature presentation in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!