A Word from
Diana Fox Jones' Original Material
My Daddy Was A Gorilla
New Additions from Diana Fox Jones
GORILLA MEN Contributions
Gemora (A LOST SOULS Biographical piece written for THE IRISH GOTHIC AND
Horrors of INGAGI
Fragments of THE GORILLA (1927)
Charles' Gorilla to Quit Aping
Killed Doc Robbin?"
Presenting: "Africa Screams"
"Sing, Bing, Sing"
Mermaid Tail & Charlie
1948. "Mr. Peabody & the Mermaid" That's Wally Westmore in the
Groucho and Carmen
This publicity shot looks from about the late 1940's. Charlie worked all
of the great comedy series (except the Stooges), ie., Rascals, Laurel &
Hardy, Groucho, the Road pix, etc. His specialty being special-effects
make up he was always on hand for pratfalls, gorilla and animal bits,
Charlie & Mask
Around 1948, this is a great shot of Charlie going to a photo shoot for
the publicity dept.
Charlie & Ape Clip
This picture of Charlie i.e. Gorilla, is my favorite, it shows what an
impish look he had..
Redellings news clips
Lots of info. He did more on the Hunchback than given credit for,
probably because of his young age. It also mentions the films for the
orient. He neglected to say Charlie owned the movie houses for
distribution. The item I find fascinating is the fact that he invented
studio blood and saved the studio on wardrobe expenses, and stainless
ink!! Seems he should be in the inventors hall of fame with all his
countless innovations and inventions. What about the portrait painting?
Charlie Aping in Scrim
Late 1950's. It's an old Christmas tree he's wondering about. Taken from
an old crumpled Polaroid. Charlie was a very funny man
"Search for the Jungle Princess"- Storyboard- after the abduction of the
young daughter of the head of the safari by the head of the gorilla
band. The search includes numerous dangerous encounters before they call
it off and a she is left to be raised by the gorillas and grow into the
The Big Freeze
Late 1940's. Part of storyboard for a movie he wanted to make on "The
Big Freeze". Story of the rising out of the frozen arctic of the animals
from the ice age due to global warming, including the giant frozen ape.
This was another movie set up to be filmed on 16mm and distributed in
the Philippines, through his theaters. He never made it because my uncle
who was running the businesses in the islands, bellied up the works,
took the money and bought Powell and Market in San Francisco, plus other
choice pieces of real estate. End of oriental Foster Freezes i.e.
"California Drive Ins" and movie houses. End of that dream..... It was a
"natural" for the occupying American troops. Charlie got cheated!!!!