I hope you can find this one so I can watch it as a grown up and put the horrors to bed.
The film is black & white; I remember it was about a series of women being murdered. There was a whistle involved somehow, maybe on a necklace? Turned out the killings were being done by a gorilla from a circus (I think!) but the scene that terrified me was at the end when you think it’s all over but one body is missing. The detective tapped his pipe on the mantelpiece and a corpse dropped down the chimney and scared the crap out of me.
Fantastic site! Keep up the good work (and medication!)
— Ian G.
UNK SEZ:: Ian, thanks for the traumafession! I have a guess to your trauma but I’m not 100% sure. I’m thinking it may be 1932’s MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE which is based on a story by EDGAR ALAN POE and stars BELA LUGOSI. I say this because in the film there is most certainly a circus-escaped, murdering ape and a female corpse is indeed discovered in a chimney.
Unfortunately though, a recent watch of that movie HERE revealed no whistle and I’m afraid a pipe did not take part in the discovery of the body. Take a peek at the images provided at this fine place HERE and let us know if it looks familiar. Otherwise, does anybody out there know of a guiltier looking ape?