Bum Voyage (1934)

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This average two-reel comedy starring the team of Thelma Todd and Patsy Kelly featured an encounter with Charles Gemora and his famous gorilla suit. Coming across a pair of free steamship tickets, the girls look forward to a pleasant journey, until, that is, they learn that they have to share a cabin with a gorilla. Charles Gemora, a stunt man hailing from the Philippines, made a living renting out his fairly realistic gorilla suit (with himself inside) to mostly Poverty Row producers. Appearing in the suit in such films as Murder in the Rue Morgue (1932) and Swiss Miss (1938), Gemora popularized the inaccurate notion that gorillas walked upright.



gorilla, impersonation, ship, ticket