I DON’T THINK WE’RE IN BROOKLYN ANY MORE!
You know the famous line from that movie about wizards and Kansas – Gorillas and clones and UNCLE PETE, Oh My! Well that’s what we have in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN this week 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 an island (good thing they were wearing their parachutes). It turns out to be 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. The Mad Scientist in the ointment, Dr. Zabor (Bela Lugosi) has a spooky jungle castle that the natives avoid like a porcupine in a nudist colony. But since Nona has a job as 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, August 13, 2016 from 10PM to midnight with replays at midnight and 2AM) on channel 4 in Binghamton, channel 17 in Sayre/Montrose, and channel 99 in Utica/Rome and Hornell/Elmira/Corning. It’s Flashbacks and a gorilla with UNCLE PETE for Bela Lugosi Meets A Brooklyn Gorilla, the next feature presentation in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!
(And for everyone who watches THE DARK VAULT on Beta Max TV (on ROKU) – this week it’s the classic scare/cult flick for all you green fans – Reefer Madness with some shorts (including Keep Off The Grass) and some interesting incense gets burned in the DARK VAULT DEN. Saturday – at 10PM on Beta Max TV!)