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Sh! The Octopus (1937)

Comedy-mystery finds Detectives Kelly and Dempsey trapped in a deserted lighthouse with a group of strangers who are being terrorized by a killer octopus AND a mysterious crime figure named... See full summary »

Director:

William C. McGann (as William McGann)

Writers:

George Bricker (screen play), Ralph Spence (from plays by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Hugh Herbert ... Kelly
Allen Jenkins ... Dempsey
Marcia Ralston ... Vesta Vernoff
John Eldredge ... Paul Morgan
George Rosener ... Captain Hook
Brandon Tynan ... Captain Cobb (as Brandon Tyman)
Eric Stanley Eric Stanley ... David Dow Harriman
Margaret Irving ... Polly Crane
Elspeth Dudgeon ... Nanny
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Comedy-mystery finds Detectives Kelly and Dempsey trapped in a deserted lighthouse with a group of strangers who are being terrorized by a killer octopus AND a mysterious crime figure named after the title sea creature. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hobotnica See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The transformation scene was done in much the same way the beginning part of the transformation was done on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931). The actress was made up in exaggerated highlights and shadows (including her teeth) using a single color shade of makeup. When filmed through a filter the same shade as the makeup, it's invisible to the camera. Take the filter away and the makeup suddenly becomes visible. Besides a filter, the makeup can also be hidden by similar-colored light. This type of trick was only possible on black-and-white film. See more »

Goofs

In many scenes, wires operating the octopus's tentacles can be seen. See more »

Quotes

Detective Harold Kelly: Is he dead?
Detective Dempsey: No, that ain't even a he.
Detective Harold Kelly: Oh, don't tell me that's a woman.
Detective Dempsey: No! That's a dummy.
Polly Crane: Well, it's in good company.
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Ridiculous Fun
5 June 2009 | by MaleejandraSee all my reviews

Sh! The Octopus was recommended to me by a friend who bought a few lobby cards from the film. I wondered why he had such an interest in a movie that I had never heard of. He told me he was afraid to tell me too much because it might spoil the fun, but that I should definitely see if I had the chance.

My time arrived.

The story begins with a sea-faring man selling the deed to a lighthouse to a polished-looking gentleman in a suit. In comes Captain Hook (that's right- Captain Hook!), a crazy sailor who goes insane at the sound of a ticking clock. Cut to two cops, Kelly (Hugh Herbert) and Dempsey (Allen Jenkins), who are racing to the hospital on a rainy night because Kelly's wife is having a baby. But they get a flat tire, and in the midst of their struggle to fix it, a woman comes tearing through the woods at them, begging for help. She has just seen her step-father's dead body in the lighthouse! The plot is laughable, and thankfully the actors and the director seem to be in on how ridiculous the story is, because it is presented as a comedy. Therefore, we're allowed to laugh at how silly it is that the villain is a murderous octopus with tentacles that creep in through doorways. And it is okay to laugh at the exaggerated plights of the characters and their overzealous performances. And we're expected to giggle at the constant twists and turns that often make no sense.

So why do I rate this movie so highly? Simply for the amount of fun I had watching it! It is packed with hilarious bits, by two comics who are generally relegated to being the 2nd or 3rd banana. Now, they're the leads, and they pull it off quite nicely. Jenkins is a great blend of comic and straight-man. He's too stupid to be taken seriously, but he is tame compared to his partner. Herbert, who often rubs people the wrong way with his giddiness, contributes nicely to the show.


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