Gorillas and giant apes were a very popular subject in the movies for a good five decades or so! These days not so much, and I'm afraid the gorilla suit thrill is over, but I think it's time to take another look back! The focus here is on movies with gorillas or giant apes as the main subject matter and/or, films where our large sapien friends were a major part of the story! I'm sure I missed some along the line, but this list is pretty close in my opinion!
1932 - "The Monster Walks"
1932 - "Murders In The Rue Morgue" with Bela Lugosi
1933 - "King Kong"
Originally, I was only going to do 'gorilla' movies, but after much thought, I decided I couldn't possibly leave out the big guys, and that's how it goes!
1933 - "Song Of Kong"
It only took them 8 months to release a sequel to "King Kong!"
1935 - "Angkor" aka"The Gorilla Woman"
A sleazeball quasi-documentary!
1939 - "The Gorilla" with The Ritz Brothers!
Bela's in there again, and I think this is the first time that the gorilla wasn't taken seriously anymore!
1940 - "The Ape"
If it was good enough for Bela, it was good enough for Boris!
1941 - "The Monster And The Girl"
1943 - "Captive Wild Woman"
Acquanetta as 'The Gorilla Girl!"
1943 - "The Ape Man"
Bela is back!!
1944 - "Crazy Knights" with Shemp, Billy, and Maxie!
1945 - "The Monster And The Ape"
A Columbia Pictures serial.
1945 - "The White Gorilla"
1945 - "White Pongo"
For some reason, in 1945, two movies came out that featured albino gorillas!
1949 - "Mighty Joe Young"
Probably the saddest of all the giant ape movies!
1950 - "Mark Of The Gorilla"
Featuring Johnny Weissmuller as Jungle Jim!
1951 - "Bride Of The Gorilla"
Bela's back again, but this time he's joined by Martin and Lewis wannabes Duke Mitchell and Sammy Petrillo in a full-blown comedy!
1953 - "Robot Monster"
The gorilla suit would never be the same after this!
1954 - "Gorilla At Large"
This one is probably my favourite gorilla flick!
Yet another Laugh Fest!
1958 - "The Bride And The Beast!"
1961 - "Konga"
1962 - "Kingu Kongu tai Gojira"
"King Kong Vs. Godzilla"
All bets are off once the Japanese get involved!
1963 - "Las Luchadoras Contra El Médico Asesino" aka...
"Doctor Of Doom!"
1967 - "Kingu Kongu No Gyakushû"
1968 - "Der Gorilla Von Soho" (The Gorilla Gang)
Written by Edgar Wallace, the original author of "King Kong!"
I didn't even know this existed until I started writing this!
1976 - "A*P*E"
1976 - "Queen Kong"
Let's not forget about the Queen (Even though we'd like to)!
1977 - "Xing Xing Wang," "Goliathon," or "The Mighty Peking Man"
So there you go, that about covers it. Yeah, I know I left out the "Planet Of The Apes" movies and a slew of Tarzan movies, but this monkey business had to stop somewhere!