Tarzan the Tiger

Director: Henry McRae
Country/ Year: USA 1929

Long considered lost, the serial going from silent to sound originated Tarzan’s call as well as the unfailable mix of exotism, animal action and stereotypes. Not to forget the beef- and cheesecake.

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Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla

Director: William Beaudine
Country/ Year: USA 1952

The obtuse spoof is silly enough to bring tears to Your eyes – not necessarily with laughter, since the reenactment of comedy clichés is actually the sad chronicle of the slow descent of a former star.

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The Ape Man

Director: William Beaudine
Country/ Year: USA 1943

Mad scientist, experiments with human victims, apes and a beauty they could carry off conditioned a whole sub-subgenre, marked by Bela Lugosi who even saw „The Return of the Ape Man“.

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The Monster Walks

Director: Frank R. Strayer
Country/ Year: USA 1932

When in a stormy night a young couple visits a sinister mansion, where rummy relatives and servants lurk, a murderous ape isn’t far. The most inventive strike here is that it’s not a gorilla.

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The Gorilla

Director: Allan Dwan
Country/ Year: USA 1939

For decades, Hollywood’s horror pet wasn’t the vampire bat but the titular beast of the sappy spook comedy. Bela Lugosi went apeshit again in „Bela Lugosi meets a Brooklyn Gorilla“.

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The Ape (1940)

Director: William Neigh
Country/ Year: USA 1940

Boris Karloff playing a scientist playing an ape ist the main attraction of the cheap chiller Curt Siodmak co-wrote around the popular pairing of primates, postdoctoral research and pretty girls.

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