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Sh! The Octopus

Released 1937
Distributor Warner Bros.

The (admittedly cultish) reputation of this 1937 comic-mystery rests on one truly startling scene. And that scene is… Ah, forget it, just watch the movie, it’s only 54 minutes long and well worth the wait. Hugh Herbert and Allan Jenkins star as two bumbling detectives facing off against a killer octopus inside a deserted lighthouse. Herbert and Jenkins rarely got top billing and for fans of that duo its worth a look-see. And then there’s that scene.

About Michael Schlesinger

Michael Schlesinger is widely acknowledged as the dean of classic film distributors, having worked for more than 25 years at MGM, Paramount and Sony, keeping hundreds of vintage movies in theatrical release (and later DVD), and instigating the restoration of many more, including the completion of Orson Welles' 1942 documentary It's All True some 50 years later. Behind the camera, he wrote and produced the American version of Godzilla 2000, co-produced such Larry Blamire parodies as The Lost Skeleton Returns Again and Dark and Stormy Night, and has written, produced and directed several short films featuring the faux-1930s comedy team of Biffle and Shooster. No power on Earth will ever convince him that It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World is not the Greatest. Movie. Ever.