Konga

1961

John Lemont
Director
American International Pictures
US Distributor
Anglo-Amalgamated Film Distributors
UK Distributor
Merton Park Studios
Production Company

Botanist returns from a year lost in the Ugandan jungle with discoveries that bridge the gap between the plant and animal kingdoms. Instead of conducting proper scientific research, he goes potty and turns his pet chimp into a giant ape, using him to kill those he fancies his enemies (i.e. just about everyone he crosses paths with).

Schlocky mad scientist film is bad, but bad in an enjoyably watchable way. Gough's scenery-chewing is perhaps more fun to watch than a guy in a tatty ape costume runnning about in front of rear screen projections. It's also a bit more frightening. The only real detriment, besides some awful performances from the younger players, is Herman Cohen's unsavoury misogyny that once again permeates the film. While not quite as bad as Horrors of the Black Museum, it is still obvious. The dialogue between Claire Gordon and Gough is smarmy to the point that it feels lifted wholesale from a 1970s porn film. As for the tongued phallus-shaped plants in Gough's greenhouse. . .Those caveats aside, the film somehow maintains its watchability, Margo Johns is quite good, and the ending is rather touching, in its own goofy way.

-Dave W.



13th March 1961
Cinema



90 mins
1.66:1



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Michael Gough
Dr. Charles Decker
Margo Johns
Margaret
Jess Conrad
Bob Kenton
Claire Gordon
Sandra Banks
Austin Trevor
Dean Foster
Jack Watson
Superintendent Brown
George Pastell
Professor Tagore
Vanda Godsell
Bob's Mother
Stanley Morgan
Inspector Lawson
Grace Arnold
Miss Barnesdell
Leonard Sachs
Bob's Father
Nicholas Bennett
Daniel
Kim Tracy
Mary
Rupert Osborne
Eric Kenton
Waveney Lee
Janet Kenton
John Welsh
Commissioner Garland
Unknown
Newsreader
Unknown
News Vendor
Herman Cohen
Man Buying Newspaper
(uncredited)
Unknown
Reporter
Unknown
Reporter
Unknown
Reporter
George Hilsdon
Second News Vendor
(uncredited)
Unknown
Lady at Party
Nora Gordon
Lady at Party
(uncredited)
Steven Berkoff
Student On Field Trip
(uncredited)
Earl Green
Student On Field Trip
(uncredited)
Unknown
Student On Field Trip
(uncredited)
Unknown
Student On Field Trip
(Hermione)
(uncredited)
Unknown
Student On Field Trip
(uncredited)
Unknown
Student On Field Trip
(uncredited)
Bruce Beeby
Detective Inspector Redmond
(uncredited)
Unknown
Police Sergeant
Unknown
Police Sergeant at Fire
Joe Wadham
Policeman at Fire
(uncredited)
Unknown
Hysterically Overreacting Woman
(it's just a big monkey, sheesh)
Gerry Judge
Man Fleeing Konga
(uncredited)
Richard Nellor
Man Fleeing Konga
(uncredited)
Fred Wood
Man in Crowd
(uncredited)
Alf Mangan
Man in Crowd
(uncredited)
Frank Forsyth
General Brennan
(uncredited)
Paul Stockman
Konga (uncredited)
Iain Gregory
Unknown Role

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